Milwaukee Habitat to build 10 new homes in 2016

Nonprofit concentrates on developing Washington Park Neighborhood

Last updated on July 7th, 2019 at 02:34 pm

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Inc. plans to build 10 new homes in 2016 and increase its presence in Milwaukee’s Washington Park Neighborhood, according to a land disposition report belonging to the Milwaukee Common Council.Shovel in ground_75037438_Shutterstock.jpg

The nonprofit organization, part of an international organization, constructs homes for first-time, low to moderate-income residents and families.

The nonprofit’s 10 new homes will sit on nine city-owned properties and one Habitat-owned property in the Washington Park Neighborhood. Habitat will purchase each of the nine vacant city-owned lots for $1 per lot, according to the land deposition report.

The city-owned properties sit along North 36th, North 38th and North 39th streets. The Habitat-owned property is located along North 42nd Street and West Garfield Avenue.

Construction of the homes is slated to begin in spring 2016.

Closing will be held within six months of the Common Council’s approval but before construction begins so that Habitat can secure certified survey maps to develop the sites. Closing will also require that the Milwaukee Department of City Development approve the final house designs and site plans, according to the report.

Each home will be designed for a single family who will own the property. Homes, available in four different models, will cover about 1,100 to 1,400 square feet and will contain three to four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Completed homes will be sold to owner-occupants for about $85,000 to $90,000, the report states.

Owner-occupants will also need to invest “sweat equity” into their new homes, according to the report.

If any of the sites are determined to be “infeasible” to hold a home as Habitat readies house plans, the Department of City Development can grant the organization a different lot in the area, pending aldermanic approval, the report states.

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