Habitat for Humanity to build 40 homes in West Grove - Daily Local News
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#1 Nov 10, 2010
By Chris Barber
Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit agency that requires its applicants to put their own sweat equity into their future houses, plans to built 40 homes in West Grove.
The site of the project is a 6.8 acre plot of land at Willow and South Guernsey roads, a little to the south of Old Baltimore Pike, known as the Chambers property.
The design, according to Habitat for Humanity of Chester County Executive Director Chip Huston, is eight blocks of five attached two- and three-story houses each. The houses will be for sale at about $90,000, have three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths.
Habitat bought the land recently for $1 million and also paid off the former owner's $300,000 loan to obtain the parcel. Huston said Habitat has been searching for land in the southern Chester County area for years, and this acreage finally materialized. Construction will not begin until 2012, after which the agency expects to build five homes a year over an eight-year period, according to a press release.
Huston said people who apply to purchase Habitat for Humanity homes must pledge to help with 200 hours in the building of those dwellings. If they are infirm or incapable of doing heavy construction work, they must put in the same amount in more sedentary tasks associated with Habitat. "We've had six or seven (young) people 16 or older and 'Bunny,' who's 92, was out there on Saturday helping at Freedom Village," he said.
In addition to pledging help, the applicants must also undergo a credit check and have a good record of paying bills.
There are currently 115 Habitat for Humanity homes in Chester County in areas like Coatesville, Phoenixville, Downingtown and West Chester. This is the first project in the West Grove area. In order to qualify to work on and purchase one of the homes, they must earn 60 percent or less than the median income of the area, which is at this time $78,000. It puts the participants in a group that earns $22,000 to $50,000, Huston said.
When he was asked about the quality of construction rendered by inexperienced volunteers, he said that the structures are sound and that all the work, including electrical and plumbing, is overseen by professionals. He added that as a young volunteer, he had once worked on a porch and was congratulated on his input. But the next day, supervisors had to start it over because it was not up to standards.
In order to continue with the project, Habitat must continue on a path to raise $5 million, which, Huston said, will involve grants from individuals, businesses and churches as well as other varied funding opportunities, including possible support from the county.
West Grove Borough Manager Sharon Nesbitt said Habitat has been approved for the project by borough council. The agency has recorded its plans, and the plans have been approved by the engineer as well as council. The project also has obtained its sewer permit, she said.
#2 Nov 10, 2010
Anyone see a potential quality of life issue in West Grove's Future? I posted this over @ the DLN:
" Not comments yet? We need to thank our politicians for the continue ruin of a great community. While at face value this development seems like a generous idea. Heck I'd be more than happy to lend a hand in building these homes if I didn't see it future impact. I'm sure all the people that will initially own a home in these "projects" will be thoroughly vetted. My concerns are 10 to 20 years down the road, when some of the people that bought the house initially are no longer the owner & the value of the house has diminished. What then? I'm sad to say that I have no doubt it will become a magnet to illegal immigrants that are currently slaves in the local mushroom industry, which may be the best outcome since that doesn't guarantee a high crime area. Or second, it draws families from inner cities looking to escape crime & high population only to have it transplanted to a different area. Either way this is going to be a burden on the current school system & tax payers in the area. My question is, what happened to the policy of maintaining open space? When did urban spraw become a good idea? With the addition of a sewage treatment plant to the already horrible odor of the area & a potentially crime riddled development, the future of West Grove just stinks! "
#3 Nov 20, 2010
Well said my friend.I an outta here and so is my tax money.This town is destroyed,very sad.
#4 Dec 8, 2010
Rather than having the good will of heart to applaud Habit for Humanity's efforts in trying to help people less fortunate than yourselves to become homeowners and make a better life for themselves and their families you automatically think of the worst possible scenarios. Shame on you. Just because someone has to rely on assistance from others it doesn't automatically make them a bad person. Sometimes good people fall on hard times and they just need a hand up to get back on track. I applaud Habitat for seeing past the stereo types and those who look down on the less fortunate and trying to help good people realize home ownership. And as far as West Grove going down hill... my Caucasian neighbor who lives in a 7 figure home was recently arrested for dealing heroin. The drug dealers don't always live in the "projects". Get yourselves a reality check and stop being so hateful.
#5 Jan 17, 2011
Welcome to more drug infested and crime related areas. The road to hell is paved with good intensions. Police can't be trusted,schools are failing the students and politicans keep getting richer! GET OF OF WEST GROVE, CHESTER COUTY,PA IT'S TURNED INTO DICTATORSHIP!
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