A neat ceremony was held in a brisk April 4 breeze on the north side of Isanti to celebrate the ground-breaking of a new housing development on the existing lots just off Isanti Parkway.
Dr. Rob Doohen of the Cambridge Medical Center opened the ceremony that afternoon explaining his foray into the world of land development.
“I was searching for something to do with my money that would make a difference. These open lots came up during discussions, along with the idea of building good homes in the Christian spirit,” spoke Dr. Doohen. “Through church and other meetings, I found several good people who shared that vision.”
Dr. Doohen created First Fruits Land Development, LLC to purchase the lots located on Moline Loop and Robin Road. As Isanti Mayor George Wimmer later explained, the lots already had infrastructure in place since development of single-family homes had been started on Moline Loop.
Dr. Doohen struck up a relationship with Josh Robinson of J. Robinson Construction. Robinson explained he was into home building back in 2007, then he did more remodeling projects since the housing bust in 2008. But he was always looking for new home construction to kick back in, and this development is all of 1.2 miles from his own home.
“I really enjoy new construction,” said Robinson at the model home site used for the ground-breaking. “Like Rob said, we will build quality homes at affordable prices. The goal will be that in 20 to 30 years from now when we’re driving through this neighborhood, we will still be proud of what we see when we look at these homes.”