Highland Community College Acquires Property for Housing Development

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A long vacant property in north Atchison will soon be home to a new single family residential development. Following acquisition of the property from the City of Atchison’s Land Bank Program, Highland Community College’s Construction Technology Program will begin construction of a new home on the northeast corner of 6th Street & N Street in north Atchison this fall.

Lucas Hunziger, Highland Community College’s Director of Technical Education at the Atchison campus,  is pleased with how the program is positioned following a return to the Atchison community last school year. “This land bank / housing development partnership has afforded us great opportunities to further our Construction Technology Program. Working with the City of Atchison has been amazing and working together has provided opportunities for growth and giving back to the community. We are currently completing our first home on North 6th street, which will come on the market in early fall and we will be begin our second new construction home right across the street shortly thereafter.”

“Our Land Bank Program is a valuable tool in our economic and community development toolbox,” said Justin Pregont, Assistant City Manager. “The City’s Land Bank Program allows us to hold, aggregate, and redevelop vacant and underutilized real estate throughout the City of Atchison with limited carrying costs. The partnership with Highland Community College has been win/win/win for the City of Atchison, Highland Community College, and our local housing market.”

To learn more about the Land Bank Program, contact Justin Pregont with the City of Atchison at justinp@cityofatchison.com or 913-367-5500.

Photo: Director of Technical Education, Lucas Hunziger (left) and Supervisor of Maintenance, Tim Housh (right), both with Highland Community College Technical Center, standing in front of the home currently under construction on north 6th St in Atchison.