Deer Brook Villas is expanding to meet the demand for Housing in Sedalia.

Kim Lingle of MBL Development Company, Kansas City, Mo., announced he will be constructing an additional 38 units at Deer Brook Villas, located on Mitchell Street just south of Highway 50 in Sedalia.

Attending the announcement Thursday afternoon were Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, State Senator Sandy Crawford, State Rep. Brad Pollitt, Sedalia Mayor Andrew Dawson, City Administrator Kelvin Shaw, Community Development Director John Simmons and City Council members Tom Oldham and Lucan Richardson.

This will be Phase IV for Deer Brook Villas, said Lingle.

According to its website, MBL Development Co. “builds and develops quality housing for families and seniors. We develop and construct homes in conjunction with government rental production guidelines under the LIHTC program to provide rental homes for low-income residents. We continue to own and operate many of these properties with the assistance of Community Housing Ministry, Inc. a nonprofit management organization.”

According to Simmons, “When they get this built, they'll fill it up in 48 hours. They will have all their applicants in, so that says a lot for the future demand, too. I'd like to see this growing.”

Simmons said that overall, Deer Brook has 50 to 60 developable acres of land available. Phase IV will use up around 12 of those acres for another 38 units, as well as another community building.

There is reportedly a waiting list of 170 people.

Lingle has applied for tax credits for the expansion.

Sedalia Mayor Dawson said that he is very excited about the new development coming to Deer Brook. In addition to the units being built, West 10th Street is being extended further west and will tie in with an existing street near (Lamm Drive)  the Holiday Inn Express.

Lt. Gov. Kehoe had some nice things to say about Deer Brook Villas after touring the site.

“They keep the place very clean, and nice, I think it's very appealing to folks who come here. It has a very homey feeling. I think the developer has done a great job, and the community has really embraced what this can do for the City, and I think that makes a big difference,” Kehoe said.

“There is a waiting list, as we learned today, of well over 100,” noted Crawford. “There's still going to be planty of space for more growth. And one of the things we talked about today is, when people move into these units, it frees up other properties, so it's kind of like a trickle down effect,” Crawdford told KSIS. “I like to see that as well.”

She was impressed with the facility, which she has toured before, and called it “top notch” and was pleased with the infrastructure and new streets, curbing and landscaping. “And the clubhouse really welcomes you when you come into that room,” she said.

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