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City, Habitat Partner To Build New Neighborhood

Trail view neighborhood

The announcement happened at Habitat's Trail View neighborhood. (Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News)

The City of Bloomington and Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County are partnering to build a new neighborhood on the city’s southwest side.

Habitat will build Osage Place on eight acres of undeveloped land that sits west of the Rockport and Rogers intersection. The homes will be available to residents who earn between 25 and 80 percent of the area’s median income.

The city will pay up to $800,000 in infrastructure costs needed for the project over the next two years.

Mayor John Hamilton says they’re taking step to ensure the homes remain affordable long term.

"If an original buyer of the home chooses to sell the home before 20 years have elapsed, Habitat will buy back the home for sale to another household qualifying for Habitat programs," Hamilton says. 

Hamilton says if Habitat doesn’t choose to buy the house back, the city will have the right to purchase the property and sell it to another qualifying household. 

CEO of Habitat Wendi Goodlett says Osage Place will help address the demand for affordable housing in Bloomington. 

"We have nearly 20 families currently in our program and they deserve a decent place to live today," Goodlett says. 

Osage Place will house up to 50 families. Goodlett says Habitat still needs to raise additional money for the project, but planning and construction will start immediately.

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