New Home to Be Built in One Week
City Partners with Habitat, Legislature & Home Builders
March 15, 2013
A local family will see a vacant lot transformed into a new, energy efficient home in one week as the City of Tallahassee partners with the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Homebuilders Association. Work begins tomorrow morning at 1433 Connecticut Street and will continue 24 hours a day with plans to complete and dedicate the new home the following Saturday, March 23.
As part of the "blitz build" approach, the City's Growth Management Department has agreed to provide a building inspector, available around the clock, to conduct the necessary inspections to verify quality and safety and to keep construction moving forward on the aggressive construction schedule. In addition, the City provided the land for the home and other financial assistance made available through state and federal affordable housing grant programs. The City's Gas Utility is providing gas service in the area and the project is taking advantage of the City's current double rebate program for new, energy efficient appliances.
"This is an outstanding example of city and state leaders in public service making a real commitment to housing in Tallahassee," said Wes Singletary, executive director of the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity. "To know that our labor force for this build will be our state representatives, in partnership with the Florida Homebuilders, demonstrates that these individuals are willing to give of their personal time to build the house for a deserving family."
"The City of Tallahassee and the City Commission are long-term supporters of Habitat and affordable housing, and for this one-week build they have pulled out all the stops to ensure it is a great success," Singletary added.
"From the demolition permit for the previous structure to our commitment to be available around the clock for inspections, we are demonstrating our focus on serving customers in a fast, efficient way while also ensuring the home that will be built is safe and meets all of the building standards," said Karen Jumonville, director of Growth Management. "We are excited to be a part of this innovative project."
As is the requirement for all Habitat homes, the family moving into the new home will work a minimum of 400 hours of "sweat equity" on this and other Habitat builds to qualify to purchase the home at an affordable mortgage rate.
The mother of the family that will purchase the home works for the Leon County School Board, and the schools have also joined the effort by including nearby Riley Elementary School to be used as a construction staging and parking site as the build is taking place during the week of spring break.
Michelle Bono, Communications, (850) 891-8533; or Karen Jumonville, Growth Management, (850) 891-7001