NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at the November 13 board meeting that will convey four parcels of property to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity for the purpose of constructing workforce housing.
“New Hanover County and our Commissioners support the creation and opportunity for workforce housing in our community,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “These four buildable lots will be given to Habitat at no cost to help them in their mission to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to residents in our area.”
New Hanover County occasionally acquires parcels from Cape Fear Public Utility Authority when the parcels are no longer needed for water and/or sewer purposes, or other reasons such as foreclosure. Often, these parcels are buildable lots in residential areas that could be used for residential development.
Under the county’s new Property Conveyance for Workforce Housing Policy, the Board of Commissioners can vote to convey qualifying parcels to a registered nonprofit for the construction of workforce housing within a two-year time frame. This will help further the county’s strategic priority of creating complete communities that provide a range of housing opportunities for all citizens.
“Habitat deeply appreciates our partnership with New Hanover County as we work together to increase opportunities for workforce homeownership,” said Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Steve Spain. “The donated parcels will be developed into attractive, energy-efficient homes with affordable mortgages that support our community’s workforce, including hospital, school, and public safety personnel.”
In addition to this property conveyance, New Hanover County has also supported Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity by helping to fund the extension of water and sewer service to Habitat’s new housing development off of Gordon Road. The development is expected to get underway this winter with water and sewer infrastructure, and home construction is likely to begin by early summer 2019.
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