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Housing Specialist Hired for Connell's Oasis Village

Sun, Nov 01, 2009




Connell. Varsity Development’s principal Leslie Savitch, the developer of the 65-lot housing community known as The Oasis Village at Connell located across the street from the High School and Junior High School on Clark Street, announced the retention Stephen A.


Thatcher as Community Manger. Thatcher brings to Oasis an extensive home builder and contractor network from several years of work with production –oriented home builders. A licensed Realtor, Thatcher will assume the responsibility for sales at the new home community where the North Franklin School District will be building its state-of-the-art elementary school. The reason for retaining a manager is because the hiring at Coyote Ridge Correctional Center has picked up and the builder expects to add 14-19 homes in 2010 where only 7 homes were built in the previous year, according to Savitch. Two new homes are currently under construction at the foundation stage with framing to begin by November, he added.


Thatcher looks forward to the Connell move, “I’ve lived in small rural towns most of my life,” says Thatcher. Steve and his wife Pam along with three children used to live in John Day, Oregon where he managed a local business, pastored a county church, coached high school sports and operated a community youth center.


The Oasis Village at Connell represented an effort by the community to recruit a regional home builder to provide housing largely to accommodate the expansion of the Coyote Ridge Correctional Center. Varsity Development, a 31-year builder from Tri-Cities responded by purchasing 66 acres in 2006 at the corner of Clark Street and Cemetery Road where it gained approval for ultimately 236 residential housing lots before carving-out 12 acres that it sold back to the North Franklin School District that needed land for its new elementary school. The developed lots offer all utilities including cable, high-speed phone internet access, and natural gas. All homes have gas forced air heat and all are air conditioned. Besides one-story homes, the Oasis 2-story homes all offer 3-car garages with their smallest 2-story home sized at 2000 s.f. priced at $185,900. Stephen Thatcher may be contacted at 509-727-2153.








Varsity Development, LLC, the former Varsity Homes that was founded in 1968, is owned by housing industry specialist Leslie Savitch. After acquiring the Tri-Cities building company in 2005 he grew the firm to 17 home sales in 2006, 44 in 2009 and an expected 77 sales for 2010. Varsity builds under the Oasis Custom Homes moniker in Kennewick’s Creekstone masterplanned community; West Pasco’s “Oasis at the Park” off Road 52 north of TRAK; in Richland’s Horn Rapids Golf Course community where it builds GardenCourt patio homes; in Connell across from the High School on Clark Street in “Oasis Village,” in Moses Lake on acreage lots at Stratford Road Estates and in Moses Lake’s Pelican Point area. Savitch, prior to acquiring the Varsity organization, was a growth dynamics consultant responsible for envisioning new brand concepts and helping home buildersgrow their companies through production-oriented techniques he developed over a 25-year span. His expertise was honed over that period in western US and Canadian markets. He seeks to transfer that production housing technology to rural areas. “I believe the opportunity for single family housing in the U.S. for 20 years will be well outside urban centers. Builders supplying housing closer-in will offer high-density alternatives like attached housing and condominiums and stacked housing,” he predicted.The Varsity management team consists of  Michelle Sisemore who manages the firm’s sales efforts, Gaby Savitch who manages the Warranty Department, firm Controller Larry Lee, Production Manager Tim Kangas, and Administrative manager Stephanie Hopperstad. Special communications consultant Linda Bittinger provides Internet development services and marketing support for Varsity Development.


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