New jobs in Marmaduke means struggle to find available housing

New jobs in Marmaduke means struggle to find available housing

MARMADUKE, AR (KAIT) - More jobs are coming to a Greene County community, but are there places for people to live?

American Railcar Industries announced Wednesday 75 new jobs are coming to Marmaduke; but, something the city struggles with is having enough housing available.

In 2006 a tornado came through Marmaduke destroying several homes.

Mayor Steve Dixon said since 2011 and 2012 more than 30 new housing units have been built.

He said they have local landowners and investors who have built multiplexes and several new homes. But they don't stay empty long.

There are waiting lists for rental homes and only a few homes for sale that haven't been purchased.

Dixon said this a good problem to have which they will face head-on.

"We have more jobs here than we have residents in Marmaduke," Dixon said. "We have a great school system, and I hope people continue to want to come in and use the school and work here and live here. We're excited about it."

Through his experience and answering questions about available homes, Dixon feels they need housing at a certain price.

"Houses for sale in the $100,000 range," Dixon said. "You know, $80-$100,000 would be ideal for us."

He said there are several vacant lots which he hopes someone will develop.

Marmaduke didn't have any planning and zoning ordinances in place, but the city council recently voted on new planning and zoning laws in hopes of better managing the growth they are experiencing.

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