But, the nonprofit housing developer needs help to raise $200,000 to buy the property from the city.
Habitat “is asking for donations from the community to make it happen,” said executive director Matthew Grundy. “We’re not going to be just building homes. We will be going around sending folks to pick weeds, clean up trash on streets, wash cars, do small things and large things that matter to a neighborhood and to be good partners.”
The city and the county bought land on Santa Ana Avenue, between Peach and Villa avenues, over the last 10 years. The land had old, decrepit homes on it that were built in the 1940s and 1950s.
Habitat built three houses on the property in 2013. During the construction kick-off event, city and county housing officials announced that the subdivision could get up to 21 new houses in the future. Tony Miranda, Habitat’s director at the time, wasn’t sure if Habitat would build those homes.
Now, the partnership is a go. The project will cost $1.5 million. The city hopes to have streets and other underground work completed by June or July 2016 followed by the new home construction.
“Being able to offer homes that are affordable,” said Andy Haussler, assistant city manager, “so that everyone has an opportunity to live in great neighborhoods and be part of our community is something that we have a priority on here in the city.”
Donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity Fresno County
4991 E. McKinley Avenue, Suite 123, Fresno, CA 93727