Valle del Sol

San Luis de­vel­oper be­gins work on Somer­ton site

Yuma Sun - - FRONT PAGE - BY CE­SAR NEYOY BAJO EL SOL

SOMER­TON — Pre­lim­i­nary work is un­der­way at the site of the first newly pri­vately de­vel­oped res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion here in years.

The fourth phase of Valle del Sol also rep­re­sents a re­turn to the city for Nieves Riedel, a San Luis, Ariz.based de­vel­oper who last com­pleted a res­i­den­tial project in Somer­ton more than two decades ago.

Riedel, of Riedel Hold­ings, be­gan work on the fourth phase last month after get­ting fi­nal ap­proval from the city for the 49lot de­vel­op­ment, to be lo­cated on nearly 11 acres at County 17th Street and Bing­ham Av­enue.

“I am very happy to be able to be­gin the project,” Riedel said, “be­cause I con­sider Somer­ton my home. I grew up there with my fam­ily, I have very good mem­o­ries of the com­mu­nity, and it gives me a lot of plea­sure to con­trib­ute to its growth.”

Riedel has in­vested about $1.5 mil­lion in ini­tial work on the fourth phase with the goal of hav­ing lots ready for home con­struc­tion by the end of April.

Riedel last was in­volved in a res­i­den­tial project in Somer­ton more than 20 years ago, when her com­pany de­vel­oped the 65-acre Palo Verde Gar­dens sub­di­vi­sion in Somer­ton. Since then she has fo­cused on build­ing in San Luis, Ariz.

Apart from Valle del Sol, the other res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments of size that have taken place in Somer­ton in re­cent years have been those done by Hous­ing Amer­ica Corp., a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps qual­i­fy­ing low-in­come fam­i­lies se­cure fed­eral fi­nanc­ing to build self-help hous­ing. City of­fi­cials say a short­age of avail­able land has served to limit the hous­ing mar­ket in Somer­ton.

Riedel, who mean­while is over­see­ing work in the third phase of the Santa Ce­cilia sub­di­vi­sion in San Luis, says she is look­ing for other de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Somer­ton.

PHOTO BY CE­SAR NEYOY/BAJO EL SOL

INI­TIAL WORK TAKES PLACE AT THE SITE of the fourth phase of the Val­ley del Sol sub­di­vi­sion in Somer­ton.

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