In-Town-Homes- First Housing Initiative in West Tampa since the 1950s03/17/06
This morning, politicians, local community leaders, and Private sector builders came together to celebrate the opening of In-Town-Homes, the first new homes to be built in West Tampa since the 1950s. Stan Davis reports.
City Bigwigs, architects, building contractors, and credit union lenders were all smiles Friday morning as they came to cut the ribbon for In-Town-Homes, the public-private venture spearheaded by former County Commissioner, Ed Turanchick.
In-Town-Homes plans to build 70 to 80 homes on city lots previously zoned as too small for new housing. Through the efforts of city council members, Mary Alvarez and Kevin White, Mayor Pam Iorio, and the West Tampa Community Development Corporation, the lots were re-zoned for residential housing.
Dr. Margaret Fisher is the Chair of the West Tampa Community Development Corporationâ€¦
[Margaret Fisher- â€œMore than 50 yearsâ€?]
About 100 people gathered outside the three model homesâ€”built in just 90 days â€“along North Albany Avenue, which all the speakers described as affordable or work force housing. Prices start at 164 thousand dollars for a three bedroom bungalow, and top out at 239 thousand dollars for the two-story double gallery model. The homes were designed and built by a partnership of local contractors experienced in constructing houses that reflect the historical traditions of their neighborhoods.
Mayor Iorio had this to say
[Iorio- â€œJob Well doneâ€?]
Financing for the homes will be provided through a combination of public and private organizations, including CU Housing Partnersâ€”a joint venture between Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union and GTE Federal Credit Union, along with the City of Tampa through what they call DPAsâ€”Down Payment Assistance.
Sharon West, Manager of the City of Tampa Housing and Community Development, explains what sheâ€™s doing to help new homeowners.
So, are there any strings attached to this Down Payment Assistance?
We asked Mayor Iorio if these homes were going to be truly affordable work force housing, say to the tens of thousands of minimum wage earners looking for housing in Tampa
[Iorio min wage.]
Good intentions, a start in a community long-neglected by the city and developers, a project community residents are proud of and welcome whole-heartedly, and yet, not quite as affordable as many of us need.
For WMNF, in West Tampa, Iâ€™m Stan Davis