Non-profit Builder Expands Housing Development for 158 Homes

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Florida Home Partnership Signs Site Construction Contractor for Development of Bayou Pass Village Phase IV.

Bayou Pass Village Phases IV & V sign at the corner of 14th Avenue SE & 6th Street; future site of Bayou Pass’ landscaped fresh water pond.

These developments employ many small to mid-size businesses, creating many new jobs, and creating new sources of property tax revenue for Hillsborough County government.

Florida Home Partnership (FHP) signed the construction contract for site development to build its fourth of five phases of the Bayou Pass Village community in Ruskin. Bayou Pass Village Phases IV and V are located on 14th Avenue SE between 6th and 12th Streets and will ultimately be home to 300 families and include two playgrounds, a swimming pool and a community center. Phase IV will contain 158 building lots upon completion.

The new community will provide quality homes for low to modest income families and individuals, and will additionally provide a number of improvements to the overall Ruskin Community. Plans include a complete rebuilding of 14th Avenue SE between 6th and 12th Streets to a 3 lane road meeting county standards, which include curb and gutter, and a landscaped 8’ wide multi-purpose trail along the south side of 14th Avenue SE.    Nearly 50% of the homes in the entire development will be waterfront, with two huge ponds in the design which features many acres of open water. Additionally, the corner of 6th Street and 14th Avenue SE will feature a large nicely landscaped fresh water pond.

Site Development cost for the project is $3,049,274, with $1,300,000 in HOME & CDBG funds coming from Hillsborough County’s Affordable Housing Services, and $2,010,000 in SHOP Funds coming from the Housing Assistance Council in Washington D.C.

Earl Pfeiffer, Executive Director of FHP, expressed his gratitude to all partners working to make the dream of homeownership come true for another 158 families. The site development contract was awarded to Dallas 1 Construction and Development Company of Thonotosassa, FL. Pfeiffer is extremely delighted that “Dallas 1 really sharpened its pencil in an effort to make this development an affordable reality for our future families. They are a partner in the truest manner.”

This development will utilize the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Mutual Self Help Housing Program to provide homeownership opportunities to future residents. FHP’s current community, Bayou Pass Village phase III located about one mile to the east contains 166 lots, and is 2/3 sold out. In addition to administering the USDA Self Help Housing Program for eligible homebuyers, Pfeiffer remarked that “these developments employ many small to mid-size businesses, creating many new jobs, and creating new sources of property tax revenue for Hillsborough County government.”

Individuals and families interested in obtaining information on homeownership through FHP’s Self Help Housing Program can call FHP at 813-672-7889, visit the FHP website at http://www.flhome.org, or visit the Bayou Pass Model Center at 21st Street and 14th Avenue SE.

About the Florida Home Partnership
Florida Home Partnership (FHP) is a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO has made homeownership a reality for over 500 low and moderate-income first-time homebuyers. Utilizing the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program(SHOP), the government program began over 40 years ago, and mirrors the "barn raisings" of the Quakers with neighbors helping neighbors to build their homes together. No construction experience is necessary. FHP staff provide participants with guidance and tools. Determination and hard work build equity in the new homes. This program is ideal for those desiring homeownership in rural communities but having limited resources. For more information about the program, call 813-672-7860 or visit http://www.flhome.org, friend us at - http://www.facebook.com/Floridahome, follow us on Twitter - @flhome1.

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