On a chilly Wednesday morning (February 5th), Mayor Mike Bawden cut the ribbon to officially open the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision to the public.

Developer Seth Woods and members of his family, Council Members Anthony Heddlesten and Paul DCamp and others were present along with Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane, PVCSD Superintendent Brian Strusz, members of the Quad City Chamber of Commerce, Riverdale Interim City Administrator Lisa Kotter and nearly two dozen other people braved the wind and freezing temperature to participate.

Woods Estates will double Riverdale’s population

In some opening remarks, Mayor Bawden explained to those in attendance that Woods Estates was a significant addition to the City of Riverdale. The 116 lots, filled with single-family homes, are expected to double the population of the city (currently around 405) and will add an estimated 30-35% to the community’s property value.

“This is truly a historic occasion for our little city,” Mayor Bawden said. “Not only is it the first significant real estate development in Riverdale in over forty years, but as it turns out, Woods Estates is the premier housing subdivision in the Quad Cities.” Houses are expected to sell for $450,000 and up and will be built by Mr. Woods’ company as well as other, select homebuilders. The entire subdivision is represented by Sarah DeWulf and Pieter Hanson of Mel Foster Company.

A development challenge

Mayor Bawden made a special effort to explain the challenges Mr. Woods and his company took on by choosing to develop the former Welch Farm on the top of Riverdale Hill overlooking the Mississippi Valley. “There are all kinds of springs, bedrock and unexpected challenges that made putting a road into the addition from State Street particularly challenging,” he said. “We salute Seth’s persistence and determination to make things work and are excited to see him, his family and his company succeed.”

In the nearly two years that Woods Development and Construction worked on preparing the site for houses, Mr. Woods and his company had to face record rainfalls, mudslides, sub-surface bedrock, persistent springs and the expected complaints and concerns from neighbors upset about dust, dirt, lights and noise.

“It was tough at the start,” confessed the mayor. “But over time, the City and Woods Development and Construction have established a working rapport that continues to improve as the project takes shape, property is sold, homes are built and new neighbors move in. If Seth and his company succeed, Riverdale succeeds, it’s that simple.”

Sales of lots in the first phase of the project that opened on Wednesday have been brisk with over 60% of the lots selling as soon as the final plat was approved. Woods Development is currently pulling together engineering drawings for the second phase of the project (there are six phases in total) which should be presented to the City for approvals this spring.