by Craig H. McFarland, Mayor, City of Casa Grande
One of my key initiatives has been to help promote Casa Grande, and to also promote our need for new homebuilders. We have the platted infrastructure-ready lots just waiting for a new homebuilder. With our growing horizon, we will need businesses and homebuilding to grow!
The City of Casa Grande has had some homebuilders, like Mission Royale by Meritage Homes and Express Homes by DR Horton, steadily building, even if it has been slow-going for the last eight years. This year, we have also seen three new builders come into the market. Builders like Scott Homes, Brown Homes, and K. Hovnanian Homes have started building or are planning to build soon in our community.
We also have some custom builders who have been active. Builders like Shearer Development and Absolute Homes have been very active in the Casa Grande area. Shearer Development has built in and around Casa Grande, and has most recently been very active in the Coyote Ranch Community. Absolute Homes has most recently announced a 94-home project called Arroyo Verde Estates, located off McCartney Ranch Road. Absolute Homes is also building a new design studio in downtown Casa Grande on Florence Street – a very nice addition to downtown Casa Grande.
Our home construction challenges include using up all the platted infrastructure-ready lots, reducing our impact fees, construction labor (finding it and the cost) and material costs (due, in large part, to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma). Some of these, like reducing impact fees, are happening as we speak and will be addressed, but others will continue to be a challenge