GREENSBURG — Affordable housing is an issue in any rural community, but since the tornado of 2007 hit Greensburg it has been an ever-present problem. A group of contractors and grant recipients recently held an open house to show-off new housing units that help alleviate that problem on a small scale for Kiowa County.

Stacy Barnes, Greensburg City Administrator, said the completion of two duplexes are the culmination of long-awaited project.

"Since the 2007 tornado, housing is continually identified as a need for Greensburg’s continued recovery and growth and we are excited that this project has come to fruition," said Barnes.

COVID-19 impacted the timeline of these duplexes. Supplies were delayed, such as the countertops and the cabinets. General contractor Cindy Schmidt said all the contractors involved in the project worked together to keep a safe distance from one another as they moved forward, step-by-step.

The duplexes that have been under construction near Kiowa County Schools are completed and have been rented out, according to general contractors Clyde and Cindy Schmidt of A-1 Concrete and Construction. Weston Kroth of WK Construction, LLC. was the general contractor.

"The open house went well. We rented the first two duplex apartments in the 212 E Garfield building after the first day of the open house," said Cindy. "We had quite a few people from the community that were interested in the overall build that stopped by to see the final project and to wish us well."

There are four total units in two different duplexes. The first, located at 212 E. Garfield are completely finished and have already been rented. The second, located at 206 E. Garfield, is getting the finishing touches. Schmidt anticipates it will be finished and ready to rent out in mid-November.