Greencastle council sells land to habitat for Humanity

April 02, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Borough Council Monday night agreed to sell a vacant lot the borough owns at 105 S. Jefferson St. to Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a family of six.

The borough bought the lot years ago for a right of way for a storm sewer line, according to W.B. Marshall, a board member of Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.

It is the second Habitat-built home in Greencastle, Marshall said.

The lot, which the council agreed to sell for $3,100 to Habitat, measures 55-feet deep and 195-feet wide, Marshall said. A storm sewer line runs along the lot's northern border and will not interfere with construction of the house, he said.


"At one time there was an old stone house on the lot but it was demolished 20 or 30 years ago," Marshall said.

He said the lot is served by water, sewer and natural gas lines. "It's important to have the infrastructure in place," he said.

In most cases Habitat builds two-bedroom homes with 1 1/2 baths. "This family needs a home with three bedrooms and two full baths," he said. It will also have a living room, dining room, kitchen and a full basement but no garage.

Construction would begin as soon as the permits are secured. "We'll start this spring. It should be finished by June," he said.

Habitat for Humanity raises money through fund-raisers and gets most of the building materials and most of the labor donated.

This will be the 14th home the Franklin County chapter has built in the county since the group was organized eight years ago.

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