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Willow Lake Announces New Housing Development
and Cash Incentive for New Homes

  Willow Lake, SD (March 31, 2019) – The need for more or better housing often comes up on the wish

  list for rural communities, and leaders in Willow Lake are setting plans in motion to make this a reality.

  The City of Willow Lake is announcing a new housing development, called “The Logan Addition,” which will

  extend Logan Street on an angle, north and west, connecting it to Jackson Street. This will create a new,

  quiet neighborhood with large lots suitable for new single-family homes or duplexes. The city will offer a

  lot in the development at no cost for anyone who will build or bring in new housing.

  In conjunction, Willow Lake Area Advancement is announcing a cash incentive of $7,500 for anyone who

  will build a new home in Willow Lake. The incentive is per-family-unit, so a new duplex, for example,

  would qualify for $15,000.


  “This is very exciting for us,” said Del Bratland, Willow Lake’s mayor. “We have had some new houses built

  in Willow Lake in recent years, but it’s been a long time since a new area has been developed. We hope

  this is just the start.”

  Bratland says the new neighborhood’s layout is not yet set in stone, and the city would like to get input

  from the first builder(s) as to any preferences on its final design.

  “Willow Lake is a great community, and we’re pleased to be working with the city to kickstart some new

  housing development,” said Jared Knock, president of Willow Lake Area Advancement, the economic

  development and community improvement non-profit started in 2005. “We feel like this cash incentive is

  sizeable enough to be of real value to get projects to completion.”

  The cash incentive is available to new homes that are built on-site or moved in to Willow Lake, whether in

  the new Logan Addition neighborhood or anywhere else within city limits.

  The City of Willow Lake purchased the land last year with an eye toward development. The area just north

  of the school bus garage is the highest and most suitable for housing. The property just south of the

  highway, across from the livestock barn, is planned for future commercial development.

  “Another important part of this project is how to enhance the waterway, what we locally call the ‘Dexter,’

  that borders this area,” said Kristin Vandersnick, who also serves on the Advancement group board of

  directors. “We’re envisioning that this could be a park-like area with walking or bike paths and lots of new

  trees – especially willows, which would be perfect for the lay of the land, and as our town’s namesake.”

  The Advancement group is pursuing grants and other funding sources for the beautification and outdoor

  recreation portion of the project.

  Another scheduled upgrade for the community is its switch from a local water source to service provided

  by Clark Rural Water. Willow Lake residents will enjoy the town’s new water service soon, with hook-up  

  slated for the near future.

  “Between the new housing development, the cash incentive, and the quality of our school and

  community, there are lots of good reasons to consider building in Willow Lake,” Bratland added. “For our

  size, we’ve got a lot of good things going for us.”

Click on the image to view a larger version of the neighborhood drawing

WL Logan Addition concept drawing.jpg

Additional documents:

For more information:


Heidi Madsen, Finance Officer

Del Bratland, Mayor

  • (605) 881-7841


Jared Knock, President

Kristin Vandersnick, Vice President