Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground on New Townhomes in Pigtown

| December 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake held a groundbreaking ceremony today for a project it is undertaking on the 1100 block of Ward St. in Pigtown. The project includes three new-construction homes, two rowhome rehabs, a community green space, and some parking spaces for the adjacent Paul’s Place.

Habitat has been working in Pigtown for 13 years and has already constructed 18 new homes and renovated 27 existing homes in the community. The organization has additional rowhome rehabs currently under construction on W. Cross St.

The new homes, green space, and parking will replace a vacant lot. The lot was created after the demolition of eight homes that were lost to a fire in the early-2010s.

The three new homes will be 20 ft. wide and two stories tall. They will have three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and a rear parking pad. They are designed with a brick front and a cornice to fit in with the existing housing in the area.

The home rehabs will be two-bedroom, one-bathroom homes.

All of Habitat’s homes are designed to be energy-efficient to keep costs down for the homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake CEO Mike Posko told SouthBMore.com the homes will take about seven months to complete. He expects the new homes to appraise for $130,000 to $150,000 and for the rehabs to appraise for about $110,000.

Posko said construction costs are currently up at this time, but the organization can make up for it by getting more volunteer hours.

The homes will be available to families that earn 30 percent to 80 percent of the median income. With this scale, a single person can make anywhere from $21,250 to $52,850 per year, and a family of five can make anywhere from $32,750 to $81,550 per year.

Habitat partner families that complete 250 to 350 “sweat equity” hours are eligible for a zero percent interest mortgage. Homes are also available to any buyer who meets the income qualification and obtains private financing.

The homes are sold at market rates to not bring down values in the community.

Former Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Director of Communications Kate Same told SouthBMore.com last year the new homes often cost about $150,000 to build and rehabs have costs ranging from $150,000 to $180,000. She noted new construction is more efficient and allows the organization to subsidize the price of rehabs. Sale prices are also kept down with the help of donors.

Contributors to this project include The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, Brown Advisory University of Maryland Baltimore, Prime AE Group, Chaney Enterprises, Baltimore Orioles, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and The Episcopal Church.

Habitat is also in planning for 10 new homes in Curtis Bay.

Rendering from Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

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