When a growing town needed homes for families
Continued from last week
A most encouraging note in Bellevue’s acute housing shortage happened when four businessmen banded together to construct and offer for sale 10 homes in the choice residential district on Euclid Ave. and Hoffman St.
The group, which includes the three DeLuca brothers, Joe, Jake and Eurico (Pete), and John Schaefer, have plotted 11 lots on the two streets. They planned to begin construction of 10 homes by spring and have the units ready by early summer.
They had contacted The Lewis Co., Bay City, Mich., nationally known builders of attractive pre-fabricated homes. They have been assured materials will be supplied. The company at that time completed a new set of government-approved plans for the houses which were said to be the last word in modern design. The local group selected their plans for the new drawings.
A good example of the type of home produced by the Lewis Co. was the one owned and occupied by Jake DeLuca at 415 Euclid Ave.
The new development constituted a whole new addition to Bellevue’s residential section in the attractive city playground district. The homes were laid out in a sort of court on 50 foot by 150 foot lots, all of which will have garages in the rear and rear drives.
“These will all be good homes and will be priced from $7,500 and up,” Jake DeLuca said. “They are not being erected as low cost units for the primary purpose of relieving today’s housing shortage, but to provide the best in housing for Bellevue’s homeowners.”
Another group was organized when incorporation papers were granted to the Bellevue Housing Co. Temporary officers were W.S. Nyerges, president; William LaSalle, vice-president; Oliver Overmeyer, secretary-treasurer; and W.M. LaSalle, Allen Kistler and Lloyd Loudenslagel, directors.
The acute housing shortage in Bellevue and the importance of correcting the situation as a spur to community growth prompted the formation of the corporation whose primary aim is to provide housing. Representatives of the corporation made trips to an Indiana factory currently turning out pre-cut houses to see what they have to offer.
The group was especially encouraged in their efforts when a recent survey showed between 75 and 100 local families were in desperate need of immediate housing.
A short time later, the Nickel Plate Railroad revealed their intentions of moving nearly 100 additional families here with in a year or two. Other industries were known to be contemplating expansion as soon as adequate housing can be furnished.
Bellevue Historian Bill Oddo writes a weekly column for The Bellevue Gazette.