PELLA — A year after the groundbreaking of Prairie Ridge Development, ATI Group has made notable progress in creating homes for future Pella residents.

Ever since ATI Group started development last year, they were able to have the concept of construction drawings approved through both the city and the county, according to ATI Group Partner BJ Stokesbury.

Typically, projects span from 40 to 50 lots. For this project, the construction team is working with 95 lots, along with working with Iowa Regional Utilities Association.

“It certainly takes a long time to kind of get it all and then have to fight with weather and everything, but we did get everything finished up earlier this year, and everything is approved,” Stokesbury said. “Construction kind of went as we planned, it just always takes a little bit longer than what you want it to.”

Stokesbary said they planned to complete 19 homes, working with three different builders. One of them is a nonprofit called Little Eagle, which has previously carried out construction projects for Pella Chrisitian schools.

Another organization building homes is Sage Homes based out of Ankeny, with Stokesbury saying they’ll plan to build nine homes, with six of them being custom homes. Oak Stone Homes, also based out of Ankeny, will build five custom homes and two spec homes.

Besides working on homes, another project involving Prairie Ridge includes creating another Smash Park location, which was previously published in the Oskaloosa Herald. The announcement was made earlier in April and the entertainment venue will be located south of Highway 163 at exit 40.

In a previous story, a group partner said the first phase of completion is expected around fall of 2021. Due to the high number of lots, Stokesbary said completing all of them should take around the next five to 10 years.

“It's been a great team to work with,” Stokesbary said. “We're blessed to be a part of it.”

Sarah Stortz can be reached at sstortz@oskyherald.com.

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