Growing Pains: Byron Housing Market Struggles to Keep Up with Demand

March 20, 2017 11:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Byron School Board is on its way to naming the district's new superintendent.



It’s a move many in the community expect will positively impact their schools and further grow the town’s booming house market. 


“Well I don’t think there’s a lot of houses available from what I’ve heard from the realtors. The markets pretty lean” said Randy Fogelson.


He’s the owner of Byron Market Place and recently he decided to develop “Country View Estates” when he noticed a drastic need for new homes.


“The fact that Byron is growing so much and the fact that and there wasn’t lots available and there’s a need for it,” he said.


The town’s school system is being credited for attracting as many as 50 new families every year in a town where the population is around 5,000.


“In order to be in some of the classes inside the school system, you have to live in the district and so therefore we have an influx sometimes of houses…house building,” said Mary Blair-Hoeft, the city administrator of Byron.  


The influx of people has made it difficult for the existing housing market to keep up, and that’s where the new developments come in.


And while some in the community would also like for Byron to continue to be a small town, Fogelson says he sees the positives in all the changes.


“I think Byron has done a very good job of managing its growth. Our city administrator is aware of how things move and I think she does a good job of managing that.”


Those words also mirrored by the city administrator herself.

“If a community wasn’t ready for growth, then it would be a problem but Byron has always been very proactive in planning” said Blair-Hoeft.


Those plans show no signs of slowing down either.


“I believe in the Byron area, builders and developers feel it’s a strong market and it’ll continue to be strong as long as the DMC project in Rochester continues to grow” Fogelson told us.


He also says when his development is complete they will add about 90 residential lots and about 60 townhomes.

The lots are expected to be ready in the coming weeks.


Roxanne Elias

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