Habitat for Humanity obtains ‘ideal location’December 11, 2019
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — As Dubois County Habitat for Humanity is planning the dedication of its newest home, it has set its sights on the location for the next home it will build.
Habitat plans to purchase the open lot at 205 N. Walnut St. in Huntingburg. The Huntingburg Common Council agreed Tuesday evening to sell the site to the nonprofit agency for $3,500.
“We are excited to partner with you once again,” said Amy Crane, president of Dubois County Habitat’s board. “Walnut Street is an idea location for us, as far as size.”
The city issued a demolition order for the dilapidated structure on the Walnut Street site in December 2012. The city had the building demolished in 2013, which cost $4,772. A lien was placed on the property for back taxes, and in January 2016, the county turned the property over to the city.
Habitat expressed interested in the property in April 2018, but had to raise funds before it could pursue purchasing the property. At that time, city officials decided to hold on to the property for future purchase.
Also at that time, the city sold Habitat the lot at 804 E. Ninth St. for $3,000.
The groundbreaking for the Ninth Street home was in August. The new home is just about complete, and will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Crane said. “We’re four weeks ahead of schedule,” she said as she invited the council to the dedication.
Spinner said that bringing a new home into a neighborhood helps revitalize the neighborhood. “The neighborhood responds to that very positively. It helps in so many ways in having an active new home in your neighborhood,” he said. “An active property is a lot better than empty property.”
The Ninth Street home has been appraised at $110,000, Crane said.
“This is a great service for the community,” Councilman Glen Kissling said. “And it gets the property back on the tax rolls.”
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit agency that takes properties and builds homes for applicants that qualify for its program; applicants also help in building their home.
Dubois County Habitat has constructed 17 homes in the county since its start in 1995; seven of those are in Huntingburg.
Along with working with contractors and builders, Habitat plans to partner with the local high school and Vincennes University Jasper trade programs work on the Walnut Street house, Crane told the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety last week. The new homeowner must also spend 300 hours helping to build the home, she said Tuesday.
Habitat will open the application process next week to find a family for the North Walnut Street site. The application will be online at www.duboishabitat.org after the Habitat board meets Tuesday, Crane said.
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