The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking on Wednesday November 2 for the new Raccoon Run development, located along Pierceton Road near the Stonehenge Golf Course in Winona Lake. InkFreeNews photos by Leah Sander.

By Lea Sander

WINONA LAKE — More housing will soon be available in Kosciusko County following new development at Winona Lake.

The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening for Raccoon Run on Wednesday, November 2. It is located on Pierceton Road, near Stonehenge Golf Course.

The project has been in the works for some time, with its developer Mike Thomas, the president of Oakmont Development Co., saying it was about two years ago that the land was purchased.

The land was laid for the first home last fall, said Greg Milkis, owner of Majestic Homes, the project’s exclusive builder.

The development is ultimately expected to include around 80 homes and at least 52 villas, Thomas said, noting that construction is expected to continue “for several years”. Approximately 14 of these properties have been completed so far. Each property must have three or more bedrooms, he said.

Thomas explained why he chose to develop a property at Winona Lake, mentioning that the land is close to the golf course and that Warsaw Community Schools are a good school system.

“We are very happy to be here in the community with the strong job growth that you are experiencing here,” Mikalis said. “I know there is a lot of demand for housing and we are delighted to be part of it.”

Brian Peterson, who lists properties through his company, Brian Peterson Real Estate, also spoke about the need for housing ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony.

“We obviously desperately need housing,” he said, thanking Thomas and Mikalis for their work with Raccoon Run. “They want to do more, so let’s back them up and support them as best we can.”

“Businesses (in the area) are in dire need of hiring,” Peterson later mentioned. “We need to bring and attract more talent to our community. Obviously, to do that, we have to have homes and we have to have homes that people want, so the developer and builder have stepped forward and made a significant investment in our community, helping to meet that need.

He noted that square footage ranged from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. Mikalis said home prices are currently in the upper range of $300,000 to $500,000.

“I would just encourage the community to get out and visit this beautiful neighborhood,” Peterson said. “It’s a great place, with much needed housing. There are a lot of great amenities with these properties that I think people will appreciate – like the granite kitchens, the walk-in tiled showers.

Winona Lake Town Manager Craig Allebach also praised the project for leading to the town’s growth. He noted that Raccoon Run is located in a residential tax increase funding district, with the city creating it “primarily” for development.

TIF districts allow tax revenues to be collected and used in these areas for specific purposes, including infrastructure.

Allebach also mentioned that the city’s greenway should eventually extend to this area.

If people want more information about buying a Raccoon Run home, they can contact Brian Peterson Real Estate by calling (574) 268-1899.

Take a look at one of the houses for sale.

A view of the house chimney.

People enjoy food in home kitchen.

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