- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

BADGER, Iowa (AP) - The little Webster County city of Badger is looking to grow in response to the upcoming construction of a giant pork processing plant near the 550-person community.

Officials have purchased land and plan to build roads and other infrastructure to accommodate housing, The Messenger reported (https://bit.ly/2mwijvO ).

Prestage Foods has plans for a $250 million pork processing plant about 13 miles east of Badger.

“The Prestage plant is coming and there’s going to be a need for housing,” said Nadine Odor, city clerk. “I think all the towns around are trying to expand, because it’s going to bring a lot of people to the area.”

The city plans to open bids Aug. 10 for the work’s first phase, which will include 16 housing lots in the northernmost part of the addition and a stormwater retention pond. It’s expected to cost about $914,000.

“When half the lots are sold and construction has started in Phase 1, we will open Phase 2,” Odor said.

The whole project, done in three phases, is expected to cost about $2.45 million and add 35 total new housing lots.

The City Council has created an urban renewal area, which would allow the city to use tax increment financing on the project. TIF districts set aside increased property tax revenue in specific areas to be reinvested in those areas.

“This year we’re not expecting the first phase to have to use TIF,” Odor said. “Hopefully the other phases we won’t either. But we’re doing the urban renewal area for the future, if it’s needed.”

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Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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