At the May 13th meeting, the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board unanimously approved the construction of single-family speculative homes through the City of Tallahassee’s New Home Infill Program.
The CRA Board consists of the Mayor of Tallahassee and the four Tallahassee City Commissioners.
At the direction of the CRA Board, the New Home Infill Program was developed to help alleviate the shortage in availability of affordable housing and provide a pathway to home ownership for low- to moderate-income residents. With support from the Greater Frenchtown/Southside (GFS) Citizens Advisory Committee, the City and CRA Board designated six vacant parcels in the GFS District where homes can be built as part of the program.
“We know there’s a high demand for affordable housing in our community, and we want to get residents into new homes as quickly as possible. Moving forward with construction now helps us speed up the process and give residents an opportunity to see their future home before buying,” CRA Board Chair Dianne Williams-Cox said.
The CRA Board commissioned the design of house plans and facades that fit into the aesthetic of the established neighborhoods. It also approved Florida Developers and Tallahassee Lenders’ Consortium as pre-qualified contractors to build the homes. Six total designs have been approved from three architectural firms and include plans for two- and three-bedroom homes.
A budget of $885,000 has been allocated to the New Home Infill Program, and construction of the six speculative homes is expected to be completed by the end of this summer. Four homes will be built in Greater Bond and two homes will be built in Greater Frenchtown.