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Foxconn-Related 'Housing Summit" Coming Up in Racine County

A task force is forming in Racine County to promote the orderly development of new housing options in preparation for an influx of new residents spurred in part by Foxconn.

The panel is the creation of Racine County Exec Jonathan Delagrave and the Racine County Economic Development Corp.

A member of the team, former Wispark President Jerry Franke, addressed the Racine County Board this week. "What we're trying to do is create a plan that takes into account all of the things that make up a healthy housing market: Good neighborhoods--good open spaces--good education systems--efficient infrastructure," Franke said. 

It’s believed there’ll be a need for a wide array of housing, not just single-family homes. "Not everybody who comes to work for Foxconn is going to be willing to make that kind of commitment," Frank said. "Furthermore, fewer and fewer people want that option." 

Condos, town homes, rental properties, mid-rise apartments should all be in the mix in addition to single-family homes, he said.

To further advance the group’s work, Franke said there’ll be a “housing summit” in September.

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