By Rachel Pritchett
BREMERTON — Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County has gotten a
big bargain on its purchase of six home sites in Bay Vista, the
development replacing Westpark.
Each of the six lots is worth $65,000, but Habitat was able to pick them up for $15,000, according to Kurt Wiest, executive director of the seller, the Bremerton Housing Authority.
To make up the $50,000 difference for each lot, the housing authority drew on its $20 million Hope VI grant it received in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The housing authority has drawn on the grant to build much of Bay Vista.
The Habitat homes will be in two triplexes near the corner of Oyster Bay and Russell roads. They will be surrounded by recently constructed affordable homes developed by the housing authority.
Habitat leaders hope to have all six units completed and occupied by next year.
Habitat helps low-income people build, then purchase homes they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Ted Treanor, interim Habitat executive director, said the homes will be green.
“Each home has greatly reduced energy consumption,” he said.
A ground-breaking is at 10 a.m. Oct. 8.