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Published on August 31st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Eau Claire Development Corporation Held Ribbon Cutting for New Homes

Recently at a ribbon cutting, the Eau Claire Development Corporation (ECDC) previewed three new homes in the Burton Heights neighborhood.

“We’re here today because fundamentally our job is to create opportunity and nothing says opportunity more than owning your own home,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Today is about creating that opportunity for Columbia’s families and our neighborhoods. It’s about building our city one home at a time.”

Currently, ECDC is developing Burton Heights III, located off of Farrow Road on Burton Heights Circle. The subdivision will accommodate 26 single family residential homes. There have been 20 newly constructed homes sold and 6 more are being developed this year. The homes will range from 1,300-1,600 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, all major appliances and a one car garage.

The new homes feature smart home smart touch technology, Kenmore appliances, tankless water heaters, cherry-colored cabinets and hardwood floors and an irrigation system.

“By the end of 2014, Eau Claire Development Corporation will have injected $650,000 through Federal HOME Funds to create 6 residential affordable housing units for households at or below 80% of Area Median Income. ECDC continues to strive to make North Columbia a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. In all, there are a total of 26 units of residential homes in Burton Heights Phase 2. There has been a total of more than $2.5 million in funding for the project since 2007 in an effort to create affordable housing,” Michael Strange, Eau Claire Development Corporation executive director said.

Since ECDC’s inception, which derived from the 1998 Eau Claire Task Force Report and the 1993 Eau Claire Redevelopment Plan, ECDC’s overarching goal continues to focus on revitalization efforts in Eau Claire/North Columbia that support and uplift cultural diversity, urban renewal, residential vibrancy, sound economic investments and financial prosperity. The past, current and future development projects and initiatives are the vehicles that have and will continue to steer both commercial and residential growth and renewal.

The City of Columbia’s Community Development Department offers many home loan options for those looking to purchase. The GAP Purchase program offers up to $10,000 in down payment assistance for qualified applicants.

For more information on the homes, please call the Eau Claire Development Corporation at 803-733-8438 or visit


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