OSCODA – Oscoda Township trustees were presented with the results of a housing study during their regular board meeting on Monday, Oct. 12. 

The study found that Oscoda Township could use an additional 200-260 multi-family housing units to meet the demand. The primary development location for this type of housing would be at a site on North Skeel Avenue and Oak Drive, with a second potential site near downtown.

Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said that the lengthy report, completed by Vogt Strategic Insights, goes into the details on the methodology used to determine the demand for rental housing in Oscoda. He said that the study will help the board meet its goals to provide housing for potential residents.

“This housing study helps provide a third-party objective analysis that directly quantifies the demand for housing units and details a methodology for developers, investors and lending institutions to understand,” Schaeffer told board members.

According to the study, Oscoda’s population has continued to decline over the last two decades, but potential growth related to the Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport could bring more workers to the area in need of housing. Kalitta Air has announced plans to expand by more than 200 workers, and if OWA is chosen as the site of the next horizontal spaceport site, it could bring another 200 jobs to the area, the study said.

Because of this, the former Air Force base would be a convenient location for a new rental housing project.

“The  nearby  parks,  community  services  and  employment  opportunities within a short drive of the subject site add to the appeal of the site location,” the study said of the potential N. Skeel Avenue site, adding that it is in close proximity to Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport and Van Etten Lake.

The board was not required to take action on this item, and there were no comments from board members. The full study can be found on the township’s website in the Oct. 12, 2020 meeting packet at OscodaTwpMi.gov.

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