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Groundbreaking scheduled at site of affordable housing to be built on City’s surplus property

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville and community partners invite all neighbors to attend a groundbreaking ceremony in the Duval community. The event officially will mark the construction of 11 new affordable homes to be built by Alachua Habitat for Humanity on the City’s vacant, unused property.

When: 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31
Where: 1609 NE 9th Ave.
Who: 

  • Lauren Poe, Gainesville Mayor
  • Desmon Duncan-Walker, Gainesville City Commissioner (District 1)
  • Sarah Vidal, director of Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area
  • Scott Winzeler, Alachua Habitat for Humanity chief outreach and development officer
  • Neighborhood representatives and future homeowners

Alachua Habitat will sell the houses to income-eligible, first-time homeowners. Through an affordability requirement in the housing covenant, the properties will remain affordable in perpetuity if and when the houses are listed for sale by the homeowners.

The City’s Affordable Housing Property-Donation Pilot Program is designed to reduce the shortage of affordable housing in Gainesville, encourage neighborhood revitalization, and build wealth through homeownership.

Alachua Habitat is expected to complete construction on the first four homes within two years.
To help ensure public health and safety of all neighbors, attendees are asked to practice social distancing at the event.

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