Construction of single-family homes on the rise in Hartford
Report indicates 2018 numbers were highest in 12 years

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

April 11, 2019

 Employees from an area construction company work Wednesday morning on building a new single-family home in Hartford on Autumn Ridge Lane in the Autumn Ridge subdivision on the city’s west side.
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News

HARTFORD — Proof that the city is one of the fastest growing communities in the state is in the numbers.

City Planner Justin Drew told the city’s Plan Commission this week that the number of single-family homes built in 2018 was the most since 2006. He said last year’s statistics are also part of an upward trend in construction in the city.

According to data provided by Drew, in 2018, there were 74 single-family units built in the city compared to 76 in 2006. Drew’s report said there were 14 two-family units built in Hartford last year. Drew also detailed the available inventory of residential lots in the city by subdivision.

“There are 214 single family lots available, 66 two-family lots and 112 multi-family lots,” Drew said. The number of single-family lots makes up about 54 percent of the city’s housing inventory with two-family lots making up nearly 15 percent, multi-family lots (3-4 units) consist of about 7 percent of the inventory and multi-family lots of five units or more is about 24 percent.

 Drew said earlier that at the time when the 2016 housing survey was conducted, “Hartford has long had a goal of maintaining a housing composition of 55 percent single-family, 15 percent two-family and 30 percent multi-family.”

There are no single-family lots left in these subdivisions in the city: Birch Crossing, Bridlewood, Hartford Square II, Scenic Pointe, Summer Wind, Western Hills and Wilson Heights. Borlen Farms subdivision has the most single family lots available in any city subdivision with 71. Western Hills West is second with 52.

“There will soon be an increase in the number of multi-family units available because Rincon 225 will be pulling its building permit soon,” Drew said.

Rincon 225 is an 82-unit apartment complex that is to soon see construction begin adjacent to downtown. City Administrator Steve Volkert said Drew’s report shows a lot more interest in the community than in the past.

“People, developers are building more. Subdivisions are opening up and being built on. A lot more people are buying more houses in Hartford,” Volkert said. “I think this goes right hand in hand with what we’ve seen as far as (Hartford) being the fifth fastest growing community in the state.”

Volkert said the city’s stock of apartment buildings continues to go up pretty dramatically, including the new Rincon 225 project downtown. “There’s some apartment buildings that have been online for only three years and they keep adding on more apartment buildings. As soon as they build them they are filled,” Volkert said. “We’re seeing a lot of influx of people and I think that’s really based on the fact that there is really an awful lot of jobs available in Hartford.”

Mayor Tim Michalak said the new statistics show that efforts to promote the city as a place to live, work and play are having success.

“I think that’s playing out in the fact that we are providing high quality of service, we’re keeping the taxes very reasonable and when you’re in a metropolitan area people have choices. You know the cream rises to the top,” Michalak said. “We’re close enough to Milwaukee to be convenient and far enough away to maintain a hometown charm. I think that combination is boding well for the housing market in Hartford.”