FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The city of Florence has completed construction of their fourth home that is a part the Neighborhood Redevelopment Program. Four other homes are under construction.
In March city officials celebrated the completion of the initial three homes in the Vista Place Neighborhood. Two of those homes are now sold.
The new three bedroom, two bath home sits on the corner of W. Liberty and Fraser Streets by North Vista Elementary. Right across the street from the completed home is another one just taking shape. Meanwhile, crews continue work on three other homes on Vista Place, Frasier and Sumter Streets.
Scotty Davis, Director of General Services, said all homes are built with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and hardwood floors.
“Certainly these neighborhoods are very proud historic areas, but they’ve been on a decline,” Davis said.
Davis said several years ago city council set aside three million dollars for reinvestment.
“We want to go ahead and give some housing redevelopment and some street redevelopment in the areas.” he said.
Along with homes, the city is completing a street scaping project on Vista Place and a three million dollar one on Sumter Street. The city also finished the planning stages for a new 6 single family homes neighborhood that will be located on Sumter and Alexander Streets called Old Carver Station.
Davis said down payment assistance is available on the homes of upwards of $30,000 through a community development fund grant.
"Met with a number of the residents, we’ve talked about the needs in the area and we’re trying to address those needs,” Davis said. “We’ve found through studies, our housing studies that the product isn’t here. The need and the want of housing is certainly in these areas, but the product just wasn’t there and we’re trying to build that product here.”
Davis said the city plans to build a total of 30 to 40 homes with the end goal bringing more businesses to the area.
"We've had some investors talk to us already so we want to start this as a seed and allow the private sector take hold,” Davis said.
There will be an open house this Sunday for the home on 207 West Liberty Street from 2-3:30 p.m.