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10,000 new homes will be built in Apache Junction

The recent approval of a master-planned community in Apache Junction could increase the city’s population by 25,000 within the next 10 years. Last week the City Council approved plans that will bring more than 10,000 homes to the area.

Developers Brookfield and D.R. Horton purchased over 2,700 acres of land last year that will be used for the master-planned community. Apache Junction Mayor Chip Wilson says planning is important to manage the city’s growth. 

“This is all going to be planned, so that we control the growth into our community. So it’s not just a haphazard, put-together situation,” said Wilson. 

The city’s development services director, Larry Kirch, says he hopes the developers consider housing prices as they move forward. 

“Well, we have two different developers. They have two different business models, if you will. The first developer, I think, will develop houses that are relatively affordable in the market. I mean today’s day and age we’re seeing starter homes in over $300,000, so $350. So having that supply for first-time home buyers will help," Kirch said. 

Building permits are expected by the middle of next year, and D.R. Horton expects to have model homes available by January 2023. 

Reyna Preciado started her internship with KJZZ in August 2021. She is a senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing on community-related stories.She previously had been pursuing a major in biochemistry, but switched directions after becoming a server. During her time serving, she found that so many people had stories to share and so many voices deserved to be heard.She loved to write in her AP English classes in high school, so she made the decision to use her writing and communication skills to major in broadcast journalism. It was always a dream of hers to become a news anchor after being cast as an anchor in a fourth-grade newscast. It was silly, but it stuck with her, and she was eager to follow her dream when she was finally inspired to change directions. Now, she continues being inspired by the many voices within her community that have been waiting for an opportunity to be able to address what's important to them.When she is not working on a story, she likes to cook, sing and hang out with her crazy toddler.