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Three more homes on Habitat agenda will brighten city

There’s nothing like fresh construction projects to improve the outlook for an entire neighborhood.

We love to see our neighbors sprucing up their homes.

It boosts our feelings of well-being when we look around and see others care just as much about their properties as we do about ours.

It helps to maintain property values for everyone else in the neighborhood.

Sometimes, though, homes fall into disrepair. Whenever one does, it may have a negative impact on the entire neighborhood.

Sometimes, an entire neighborhood can rise or fall with the attention paid to its homes.

With that in mind, the continued work to replace what once was a large industrial property in the heart of one city neighborhood continues, building hope with every new home completed.

We’re speaking about the former Brodart property in the area of Memorial Avenue, Oliver and Scott streets, now known as the Memorial Homes area and home to a good amount of building to date.

The most recent development involves three single-family homes planned by Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, which recently received a positive recommendation from City Council’s economic revitalization committee to proceed with additional projects.

The plan is to build one home a year from 2021 to 2023, based on pace and the budget of Habitat to build them. Another home under construction in the Newberry neighborhood of Williamsport has slowed, reportedly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have confidence in Habitat’s ability to weather the storm. Habitat is renowned for its ability to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope — it’s in the agency’s mission.

Since becoming an official affiliate of the national organization in 1989, the local Habitat has built or renovated 53 homes, toward which family partners are required to contribute 250 hours of sweat equity per adult to building their Habitat home.

In the end, families get the keys to not only a new home but also a new life.

It is the fulfillment, one family at a time, of Habitat’s vision statement: “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

And who couldn’t get behind that?

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