NWGF’s Thaniel Addition project shrinking slightly in favor of plans for new project south of city

NeighborWorks Great Falls sold eight lots within Thaniel Addition that were planned for development through their mutual self help build program.

Those lots were recently sold to KIB Homes, a local homebuilder with a focus on custom homes.

The sale was to help NWGF purchase and develop more homes outside the southern limit of the city, near the agency’s planned Rockcress Commons.

There is a buy-sell agreement for the property south of town, according to Sheila Rice, outgoing NWGF director.

Neil Fortier of NWGF said the preliminary plans include 70 single family homes with 50 of those reserved for mutual self help build homes.

Commissioners had previously approved resolutions to annex 20 lots in two phases and now those lots will be annexed in a new configuration.

The previously approved resolutions were designed to annex different portions of Thaniel Addition, Phase 1, as each 10-home build was completed by NeighborWorks. The goal was to eventually have 60 self-help homes constructed in the Thaniel Addition subdivision, according to the staff report.

Commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday to repeal the former resolutions and adopt new ones to address the reconfiguration.

Build One and Two of the self-help home project were completed, and those lots have been annexed into the city. Both of those had 20 homes.

Build Three, which includes eight homes, is currently under construction and will be completed later this year. 

Rice said the agency will complete Build Four and possibly Build Five. Those builds would include 10 lots, Rice said.

KIB Homes intends to start construction on single-family homes as soon as the revised annexation resolutions are approved and recorded and the required infrastructure has been constructed, according to the staff report.