PLEASANTVILLE — A dozen shovels turned the earth on the northwest corner of Pleasantville on Thursday, Aug. 24, on a site where 24 new houses may soon stand.

VerMeer Development Inc. has broken ground on its SpringView development, which will spread across 9.5 acres on West Pleasant St. just east of Highway 5.

Heavy equipment already has made its mark on the land just north of the new Dollar General and Casey’s General stores. SpringView will be the first subdivision developed in Pleasantville in nearly two decades.

“I’m excited about the growth and bringing more families to town,” said Kim Friday assistant manager at Peoples State Bank in Pleasantville. “I grew up just a few blocks east. The closer houses you see here, that used to be cornfields. We’re adding on to the schools. Now we just need to fill them.”

The Marion County Development Commission projects a need for 198 houses by 2025 in the Pleasantville area.

Linn Monier of Caldwell-Banker Realty said that four lots already are spoken four and construction on two houses will begin this fall.

Lots range from from one-quarter to two-thirds of an acre. A 12.5 acre site further north is slated for a second phase and 28 more houses, Monier said.

“People are wanting to come here, but we realized there weren’t houses available to buy,” said Pleasantville Mayor Bill Moore. “We knew we needed to push development. We hope it’s the start of even more building.”

Pleasantville city staff contacted VerMeer in 2016. Lot-owners can bring in their own builders, Monier said, but Vermeer is considered the builder of choice for the subdivision and Peoples is its premier lender.

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