Housing development underwayConstruction on the streets in Diamond Acres Subdivision in northeast Dickinson may begin as soon as this week.
Construction on the streets in Diamond Acres Subdivision in northeast Dickinson may begin as soon as this week.
Crews broke ground on the 104-acre development in the spring with the removal of vegetation and installation of water and sewer systems, said Gaye Dvirnak, project manager.
The plan is to have the streets completed by the end of August, she said.
The area under construction is about 40 lots for single-family homes. The plan is to develop a total of about 190 lots for single- and multi-family homes as well as 10 commercial lots, said Dave Kitzan, Dvirnak’s father.
“When the streets are done, they can start developing housing there,” Kitzan said.
They hope to begin developing another four streets this year, he added.
Kitzan and his wife, Barb, decided to purchase the property located between 21st Street East and 14th Street East and from just east of Highway 22 to 10th Avenue East about four years ago.
“I’d seen it sitting up there forever and ever,” Kitzan said. “I really liked it.”
They also got their four children involved to form Diamond Acres LLP.
The idea was born before oil-related activity began moving into the area.
“We’re very fortunate that the timing is really good for this land right now,” Kitzan said. “It’s fortunate for us and for the people that are coming to this town.”
Although there is a lot of housing development going on in Dickinson, City Planner Ed Courton said Diamond Acres is needed.
“I don’t think that we have hit the point in which we have saturated the market,” he said. “There’s still additional housing needed within the city.”
The development will suit many walks of life, Kitzan said.
“It varies from high-end to more affordable homes for the average family,” Kitzan said.
One area of the subdivision will have a few special features, Kitzan said.
One section will have a circular street with homes inside the circle and a pond at the
“To me it’s special,” he said. “It’s just going to be a little bit more higher-end.”
Courton said he likes the “unique design” of that area of the development.
There will also be fancier lighting in that section.
The residential and commercial lots are for sale.
“It would be nice to keep it local because it’s important to support our community,” Dvirnak said.
Courton is glad commercial lots were included in the development.
“Commercial lots and decent sized lots are needed in the city for economic growth,” he said
Kitzan and his family hope to have the whole subdivision developed in three years.