Orange City, Iowa — Orange City continues to grow in a number of ways in 2013.
Planning continues for the next Puddle Jumper housing addition – Puddle Jumper Addition #5. The new addition will be located adjacent to the Puddle Jumper Trail, directly south of the Orange City Area Health System, says Orange City Mayor Les Douma. The property consists of approximately 44.5 acres and is included in a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District for the purposes of encouraging affordable housing opportunities.
Installation of a t-ball complex, just east of the swimming pool, is underway. Two t-ball fields will be installed including backstop and baseline fencing. In addition, a practice infield and backstop will also be part of the complex. Douma says infield grading is complete, the fence posts are installed for each of the t-ball diamonds, drainage tiling has occurred and an equipment building is being constructed. Completion of the project will likely be the spring and summer of 2013.
Even in the bad news, there is potential for growth. AdvancePierre Foods ended all production the end of December. Their facility is being marketed to other food processing firms throughout the country. City representatives are aggressively working with interested entities, and, hopefully, some positive news will be received in the next couple of months. The mayor says obviously, many employees have been impacted by this closing, and the community and the entire region surrounding Orange City are affected as well.
Construction on the Orange City Bomgaars store is scheduled to begin in the spring, 2013. The location of the new site will be at the corner of Albany Place SE and 14th Street SE across from Chase Lumber Company. Construction, hopefully, will be completed in early fall, 2013. Significant efforts are also in progress to encourage a new retail business or businesses to occupy the present Bomgaars building in downtown Orange City.
Work continues toward a regional airport with Sioux County and the city of Sioux Center. Land acquisition continues with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration. The future use of the present Orange City Airport is being considered as well.
Construction of the Performing Arts Center at Unity Christian High is ahead of schedule, and should be completed when the school year begins this fall. The facility is a partnership between the city and Unity. Douma says it will be a QUOTE, “most suitable venue” for the Tulip Festival production and other City events. The first Tulip Festival Night Show scheduled for the Performing Arts Center will be in 2014.
The Prairie Ridge Care Center is scheduled for completion in September of this year.
Northwestern College’s Learning Commons is being built just to the west of Christ Chapel. The 58,000 square foot building is a $14 million facility and will be home to the library, the Academic Support Center, the Writing Center, the Multimedia Center and the Computer Help Desk. A coffee shop is also planned for the main level.
And last, but certainly not least, work is underway to double the size of Quattro Composites in Orange City. The $11.8 million project holds the promise of 99 new jobs, and will add 45,000 square feet to the facility.