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Commissioners Pave Way for 'Critical' Affordable Housing Project

“One in six of our neighbors are spending half of their check to keep a roof over their head,” explained Andy Barnett during the Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 6. The Executive Director of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity went on to state: “It’s critical we continue to be bold.”

Barnett’s presentation to the Board outlined a project on the outskirts of West Asheville at 1801 Old Haywood Road that is slated to bring 98 affordable homes online. The Old Haywood Road Neighborhood is a 20-acre development that will consist of 66 townhomes and 32 single-family homes. Barnett said the mixture of housing is to, “Expand the kinds of homes we create to help a diverse group of families looking for homes. It’s a great opportunity to make sure we provide opportunities to broadest parts of the County that we possibly can.”

The overall cost of the project is $6,791,289, and construction is set to begin later this year with homes being complete in two phases; the first next year and the second in 2023. Commissioners approved providing $680,800 to the development.

“This is a great project. I appreciate everything you are doing,” noted Commission Chair Brownie Newman. “This provides permanent homeownership for families in our community.”

For more information about homeownership and other opportunities through Habitat for Humanity click here.