The Marshall County Partnership for Growth plans to focus on housing needs.
“Our community has talked about the need for additional market rate housing for years. It’s time to act”, Marysville Mayor Bill Phillipi stated during a recent brain-storming meeting focusing on housing needs for Marshall County. Rob Peschel, Chairman of the Marshall County Partnership for Growth, Inc., agreed stating, “We know we need additional housing but we need to identify what people are in the market for and what type of home is affordable”.
The discussion led to action to be taken by the partnership for growth to conduct a survey of employees and the public to identify important details that effect the type of housing needed. Examples might include townhouses, apartments, fourplexes, duplexes, single family, number of bedrooms, etc. Survey forms are expected to be available within a week and will be distributed to major Marshall County employers plus public locations throughout the county. The form will also be printed in all county newspapers.
Phillipi and Peschel agreed that it was vitally important that responses be received from employees that commute to Marysville and Marshall County, persons that might be contemplating retirement, those that might wish to up-grade their current housing and retirees more interested in playing golf than mowing their yard.
The informal session was hosted by the Marshall County Economic Development Office. Economic Development Director George McCune and Community Development Coordinator Juanita McCune stated that the team will meet again following return of the surveys to assess the results and consider further action such as expansion of the group.