The Landings at Dickinson Farms celebrated its official groundbreaking with a ribbon cutting on Friday. Pictured are members of the Dickinson family and the G5 Partners which includes Scott Niswonger, Chuck Koch, Andy Czajkowski, Tom Turnwald and JATS LLC. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
The Landings at Dickinson Farms celebrated its official groundbreaking with a ribbon cutting on Friday. Pictured are members of the Dickinson family and the G5 Partners which includes Scott Niswonger, Chuck Koch, Andy Czajkowski, Tom Turnwald and JATS LLC. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – The rain stopped just long enough on Friday to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the 160-acre subdivision known as The Landings at Dickinson Farms.

“All the guys at what we’re calling G5 Partners talked about [the need for housing], and we thought it was critical for the growth of Van Wert to be able to have affordable housing for young people to step into,” said Scott Niswonger, who is one of the G5 Partners. “They could add value as time goes on and maybe move down the same subdivision into the next house.”

Niswonger said the subdivision was also designed to create affordable housing for retirees and will feature a new YMCA and a possible YWCA.

“I think it’s going to bring a lot of valuable, not only to Van Wert as we know it today but to employers that are looking for communities that are really sustainable in the future,” said Niswonger.

Niswonger, along with Chuck Koch, Andy Czajkowski, and Tom Turnwald originally went together to make G4 Partners. More recently, a fifth partner, JATS LLC, a group of builders, was added and the group is now known as G5 Partners.

The land that the subdivision is being built on was owned by the Dickinson family.

“If you see the Dickinsons out and around, thank them,” said Czajkowski. “They are really why this is all going to happen.”

“We spent a lot of time working with the schools this summer,” said Koch of Van Wert City Schools and Vantage Career Center. “Through their cooperative effort, we were able to reach an agreement for TIF financing. If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t be standing here today, so we would like to recognize both school boards for their cooperative effort along with Van Wert City Council and the Commissioner’s office for all of their support.”

The first phase of the project will focus on around 40-acres on the northern part of the east end and up near the school. The first segment of construction will consist of around 68 lots with home prices ranging from $160,000 and up.

Granite Ridge Builders out of Fort Wayne is building the homes and hopes to have models at the subdivision location as soon as the ground is ready.

“We have the ability to do it all,” said Tony Reincke of Granite Ridge Builders. “We’re very, very custom; what I mean by that is that when people come in, our plans are unlimited.”

Granite Ridge Builders has been building homes for 40 years and has a variety of experience in different types of homes. Reincke said the plan on the first phase is to build villaminiums, which are homes that require little exterior maintenance by the homeowner. Granite Ridge Builders would take care of exterior maintenance including grass and snow removal, which would cost around $120-$150 per month. The vision also includes sprinkler systems.

“We thank the G5 Partners for what they are doing for the city,” said Van Wert City Mayor Jerry Mazur. “We have a budget that is strained, but we see that with the development of these houses and the two-income families coming in here, we’re going to climb out of the hole financially.”

If a person is interested in building a home at the subdivision, they are encouraged to call Granite Ridge Builders at 260-490-1417.