Community Development Division

The Community Development Division works to improve and maintain the City's housing stock, to revitalize declining neighborhoods, and to provide assistance to the business community.  The City has a long history of administering Community Development Block Grant programs spanning over 30 years.  These programs were initiated to improve the overall condition of the City's housing and quality of life. 
In recent years, the Division has taken a targeted approach to revitalization by focusing on individual neighborhoods.  Begun in earnest in 2001, the Park View Neighborhood Revitalization Project, located just south of downtown Fort Dodge, has transformed a once dilapidated neighborhood filled with vacant and blighted buildings into a family-friendly community that its residents can proudly call home. Using a comprehensive clearance approach, nearly all of the existing structures were removed to make way for 39 new houses that were constructed over a 5-year period.
To date, 40 properties have been acquired and demolished and 1 vacant lot has been acquired.  As funds are diminishing, the project has now moved into the reinvestment stage.  Seven new single family homes and 4 owner-occupied duplex townhome units have been constructed.  In addition, 2 single family homes are under construction.

The Community Development Division also provides grant writing services for many City projects and administers many of those grants for the receiving departments.

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Vickie Reeck, Community & Economic Development Director
819 1st S Ave
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
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  • Phone: (515) 576-4551 x 1004
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    M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm (closed daily 12:00 - 1:00)

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