by Nicole Collins
If you’ve been driving around Woodruff lately, you’ve probably noticed some recently cleared sections of land on Highway 221 and across from McKinney Park at South Pearson Street and Workman Avenue.
These are the locations of two new housing developments. Homebuilder D.R. Horton will build 122 housing units on roughly 85 acres of land of Highway 221 for the new subdivision named Ellington.
“That complex will start construction on the housing units in September,” said Woodruff City Manager Lee Bailey.
The second development, a 26-acre site called Pearson Park, will have 79 homes built by residential construction company, Ryan Homes. Bailey said the city does not have a timeline for the start of the construction at Pearson Park, but anticipates it will start a few months after the Ellington subdivision begins.
Sale price for the new homes is based on square footage, and the houses will range between 1,600 and 2,300 square feet. Ellington houses will be available for sale starting in mid-September. Both developments will have a homeowners association and offer an environment that is appealing to a wide range of demographics, Bailey said.
The new industries that located on Highway 101 and Highway 290 play a part in the residential growth in Woodruff and Bailey said the area does not have a supply of unoccupied housing to rent or to own.
“We receive calls each week from prospective buyers looking for a place to call home,” Bailey said. “The new developments will provide opportunities for anyone looking for a great community to be a part of.”
To further prepare for the growth of Woodruff, the city has plans to expand the sewer lines to potential developments that require sewer for dense development.
Along with the housing developments, Woodruff has also welcomed several new restaurants and businesses in the past year. The next anticipated opening will be a German-style beer garden called Rotties 221 Biergarten, located at 228 S. Main Street. The owners of Rotties 221 Biergarten, Yana and John Allen, will host a grand opening weekend starting on Friday, Sept. 27.
Though Bailey couldn’t confirm the number of new businesses coming to Woodruff in the near future, he says the city works every day on economic development and projects the 2019/2020 economic plans to be great.
The city has a 10-year vision for the progress of Woodruff.
“We would like to see a vibrant downtown that offers multiple options of hospitality and entertainment for our citizens,”Bailey said. “We believe that Woodruff will double in size, however, we will work to keep Woodruff a family-friendly city that offers big city amenities with a small city atmosphere.”