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Lee County officials seek options for housing for thousands of fertilizer plant construction workers

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

The billion dollar fertilizer plant coming to Lee County will not only create over 150 plant jobs, but thousands of temporary construction jobs to get the plant built.

With many workers coming to the area, the question becomes where will they all live??

It was originally thought construction would add 2,500 jobs, but now officials say it could be upwards of 3,500.

 Officials say with the higher numbers, housing will become an issue and they're reaching out to people in the community for help.

"We had discussions at our board meetings to put a plea out to all the mayors in the rural communities and people that are planning on maybe on setting up facilities or renovating properties. Things like that," said Lee County Supervisor Gary Folluo. 

Construction will begin this March, but the peak time for workers will not happen until the spring of 2014.

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