The Oaks housing development breaks ground in Jackson

The Oaks housing development breaks ground in Jackson

VILLAGE OF JACKSON, WISC. On May 8, 2023 Washington County, in partnership with the Village of Jackson, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Oaks of Jackson subdivision, the very first development in County Executive Josh Schoemann’s Next Generation Housing Initiative.

County Executive Josh Schoemann was on hand to explain the concept. Speakers also included Village President Brian Heckendorf.

County Executive Schoemann said, “There are considerable hurdles to homeownership making it nearly impossible for our younger generation to purchase what were once called ‘starter homes.’ The American Dream of homeownership allows individuals and families to accumulate wealth which drives economic development, and builds community, civic engagement, and social connections.

“There are currently a mere seven homes for sale under $300,000 in Washington County without pending or contingent offers and none in Jackson,” Schoemann said. “Very few developers are satisfying the demand for this ‘missing middle’ housing stock.”

The Oaks is a planned 20-acre subdivision south of the Jackson Municipal Complex, and when completed in the fall of 2023 will have a total of 101 owner-occupied units.

Next Generation Housing (NGH) sets out to create 1,000 new owner-occupied dwelling units in NGH developments by 2032, with 75% selling for under $320,000 and 100% under $420,000, including home and lot/site.

Scott Harrington and Jackie Mich attended the event, as representatives of Vandewalle’s role in neighborhood design and project management/implementation.

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