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Hoisington breaks ground on new housing project
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Housing Opportunities Inc. and the City of Hoisington broke ground on a new housing development in Hoisington Thursday afternoon. Soon, the vacant lots on the east side of Maple and 4th will be home to six new duplexes, becoming Eastwood Apartments. Holding shovels, left to right, are: Christine Reimler, KHRC; Greg Dunlap, executive vice president with Horizon Bank; Jim OHare, executive vice president with Horizon Bank; Hoisington Mayor Clayton Williams; HOI Executive Director Vicky Dayton; Brian Wilborn, chairman of the Hoisington Land Bank; Hoisington Chamber Ambassador Annie Lomas; Hoisington Chamber President Kris Schneiweiss; Fred Bentley, KHRC; Chris Imming, Midwest Housing Equity Group; Barry McMurphy, KHRC; Joe Baker, HOI maintenance. - photo by VERONICA COONS, Great Bend Tribune

Members of the Housing Opportunities Inc. Board, Hoisington city officials, Chamber of Commerce representatives and several other honored guests met at Thursday afternoon for a ceremonial ground breaking of the Eastwood Apartments, a six duplex project that will relieve housing pressure by increasing the available safe and affordable housing in Hoisington by another 12 units upon completion.  This is the 15th project by HOI in 15 years, according to HOI Executive Director Vicky Dayton, who addressed the group.
This is also the third property that HOI will undertake in Hoisington.  Dayton compared this to the five in Great Bend, stating that it speaks well of the confidence HOI has in Hoisington.  
Going forward, Dayton shared the hopes of HOI to move into the moderate-priced housing market at some point in the future also.  The non-profit has been working closely with the City of Hoisington and the Hoisington Land Bank for nearly three years to make this and future projects possible, she said.
HOI maintains a large waiting list for its properties, located in Ellinwood, Larned, Great Bend, Hoisington, Lyons and Sterling.  Since 1999, HOI has been awarded nearly $27 million in funding for the construction of safe, affordable housing in the area.  HOI owns, manages and maintains all of their now 15 area properties.  . Those interested in applying for one of the new units should call the Great Bend office at (620) 792-3299 to schedule an application appointment, which will include eligibility information.