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Habitat houses get committee recommendation

City Council’s economic revitalization committee gave a positive recommendation Friday for several single-family dwellings to be built by Greater Lycoming County Habitat for Humanity near Memorial Homes.

The plan is for Habitat to purchase three lots for $1 each from the city Redevelopment Authority, take the subdivision and land development plans to the city planning commission and get final council approval for construction over the next three years, or one house per year through 2021 to 2023, said Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

The parcel is in a residential urban zone. It is between Scott Street, Oliver Street and Memorial Avenue.

The proposed houses will be two stories and owner-occupied.

Habitat also is building a house on Diamond Street and officials noted how the COVID-19 pandemic slowed development.

The housing proposal received a positive recommendation to go to council.

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