Southern Kansas community facing housing crunch

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A southern Kansas community is trying to figure out how to house hundreds of new employees a local company plans to start hiring in the next six months.

Arkansas City is in a predicament because housing in the area is scarce and Creekstone Farms is planning to add 300 more workers to its staff of 800.

Nick Hernandez, city manager of Arkansas City, told KAKE-TV (http://bit.ly/1jaHP1M ) there are very few three- to four-bedroom houses on the market for new families moving in. He says a survey conducted by the local economic development group suggested something needs to be done quickly.

Real estate agent Sue Turney says she is working with developers who are hoping to buy and build in time for the influx of new Creekstone workers.

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