A developer is looking to start construction on his latest housing development within two weeks, adding to a growing portfolio of similar housing projects in Northampton County.
Mike Tuskes, vice president and owner of Tuskes Homes in Bethlehem Township, seeks to begin construction this month on Northwood Farms, a 137-home development on vacant farmland in Palmer Township.
He said he plans to build the single-family homes in four phases, finishing the first phase of 43 homes by fall 2018. The 72-acre site is at the corner of Northwood Avenue and Van Buren Road.
The total construction cost of homes is expected to be about $55 million, with road improvements expected to cost about $12 million, he said.
The township changed the zoning to accommodate the development, since one parcel was zoned medium density residential and another was low density residential. Both are now zoned medium.
Tuskes, who said he had delays with the approval process, said the entire project should be a 5-to-10-year build-out. The next phase will have 36 homes, followed by 28 homes and then 30.
He continues to see strong demand for single-family housing.
“With the inventory as low as it is, new construction has picked up significantly,” Tuskes said.
Tuskes has been building several single-family housing developments in Northampton County.
He is nearly complete with Eagles Landing, a housing development in Upper Nazareth Township, and Maple Shade Estates, a housing development with 78 homes he began building a few years ago, with homes in both Palmer and Bethlehem townships.
He is also under construction with Saratoga Farms, a development with 55 single-family houses in Lower Nazareth Township.
The houses at Northwood Farms will be a mix of ranch and two-story styles, all with two-car attached garages. Prices start at $380,000 and include full basements, Tuskes said.
Square footage will range from 1,800 to 3,200.