As city of Ozark grows, it needs homes for people who move into the area. That's why 200 new homes are coming soon to one Wiregrass city.
Dothan and Enterprise seem to be building more and more homes, now Ozark sees it needs more homes, in order to compete with surrounding areas.
Johnny Johnson says he is excited to see Ozark grow. He is part developer of a neighborhood coming to Ozark. He's planning to build town homes beside Wal-Mart on Highway 231.
“With our close proximity to Ft. Rucker and 231, there's a real demand for housing now. We've got more people moving into the area. Ozark is a great place to live. We're real excited about this project," said Johnson
Johnson's Townhomes aren't the only homes to be built in the city. Ozark is planning to build six new neighborhoods. Ground has broken on at least three already, with some having sold lots before the land is cleared.
Assistant Economic Development Director Robin Beasley said, “Well, Ozark has so much growth going on that we've not had that many new housing in the past, or new neighborhoods. We have just outgrown what we have. There's definitely a need for new homes."
Officials say Ozark sells homes quickly because cost of living is lower than surrounding areas. Also the weather has played a large part in this process. Because of the drier conditions, more dirt is actually being able to move, which shortens the construction time.
Once the six neighborhoods are complete city planners say business in Ozark will also grow. Ozark's planning department says it granted 36 building permits last year. So far this year, 26 have been issued.
If this continues, that would mean a growth rate of more than 40 percent.
One of the neighborhoods is ready for construction and city officials say it won't be long till others follow.
City planners say the six new neighborhoods will mean about 200 new homes. They say it's too early to determine when the neighborhoods will be completed.