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New houses are ready in Great Bend
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Developer Ross Vogel is joined by Mayor Mike Allison and members of the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Amber Meadows. - photo by RUSSELL EDEM Great Bend Tribune

Members of the Great Bend Community all joined in on a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at the new housing development called Amber Meadows.
This new housing development has been an ongoing project for the city and the developer to help the housing shortage in Great Bend.
“This is the city’s project, and that is what is important,” owner of Employer Housing Partners LLC Ross Vogel said. “And for this community this is just the start.”
There are 10 houses that Vogel has been working on and six out of the 10 are or will be occupied very soon.
These houses will have 1,400 square feet of living space on the main floor, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and nine-foot ceilings with an open floor plan. There is also a full unfinished basement and a two-car garage.
“These are nice new houses to start a family in or for a big family that is looking for a new place that they can expand by finishing the full size basement and turning it into bedrooms.” Mayor Mike Allison said.
Although these are not custom homes, buyers can pick from three floor plans and a selection of interior and exterior decor options, Vogel said. The cost will be $189,000.
This price point is important, he said. This is what the city originally envisioned when it started Amber Meadows, however, the earlier homes built there were a lot pricier than that.
Vogel’s remaining four homes can be bought through any local real estate agency.
The new owner can also select their own contractor and house design, as long as it fits the city’s basic guidelines.
Homes must be in the $150,000-220,000 range, and consist of between 1,200 and 1,800 square feet on the main floor. There are other requirements as well.