Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is set to begin building two new homes in Fayetteville’s Mill District.
The organization, known for its work to provide simple, affordable homes to working families in Washington County, has purchased property and plans to build adjoining homes for two local families on land located on the 300 Block of South West Avenue in downtown Fayetteville.
Local developers Specialized Real Estate facilitated the purchase of the lot and assembled the design team for the project, which includes donated architectural design services by Fayetteville-based architecture firm Modus Studio.
Specialized CEO Jeremy Hudson said a key feature of the new project is the centralized location of the build site. As a result, the homeowners can walk or ride to a grocery store, restaurants, the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, the library, and parks utilizing the city’s trail system. The homes, which are also designed to be highly energy efficient, are easily accessible to the Razorback Greenway.
Hudson said he hopes that kind of connectivity is a trend that can continue in future builds.
“We’re proud to partner with Habitat to create affordable homes in this vibrant and connected neighborhood,” said Hudson. “We believe that everyone deserves to live in a neighborhood that contributes to health.”
The project is also sponsored by Procter & Gamble, Bikes, Blues & BBQ, Bank of America, Women Build, and Bike & Build.
According to Habitat development manager Michelle Davis, sponsors have already contributed nearly 75 percent of the funding for the project.
“One of the homes is financed, and the other is about halfway there,” she said. “We say we’re ‘building on faith,’ but we expect to be able to raise the rest as we go along. We’ve never had to halt a project from lack of funding yet.”
A groundbreaking ceremony and celebration is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the build site.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit habitatwashingtoncoar.org.