One of the houses under construction on Banks Street. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)
One of the houses under construction on Banks Street. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)

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Habitat continues progress in Northwest Huntsville

Published 1:55pm Thursday, May 30, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — The sounds of drills and saws filled Banks Street on May 30.

Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of North Alabama worked on several houses as part of their ongoing project in the northwest part of Huntsville.

“We bought these vacant lots about four years ago,” Volunteer Bill Giardini said. “They have progressed a lot and this is part of what Habitat does each year. We usually aim to build six houses.”

At the moment, only one property is ready to be moved into. But even one home means the universe for those struggling to afford a roof over their head Giardini said.

“I’d say the favorite part is seeing families move into their new home,” he said.

The organization held a dinner at the Von Braun Center earlier this month to help fund a similar project. Habitat purchased around 11 acres of land in Northeast Huntsville in 2009 and is looking to develop around 33 homes. Greg Shultz with Habitat said they need around $3 million to accomplish that feat.

The property on Banks Street purchased by Habitat runs from about halfway down the street southbound to the corner where most of the houses are being built.

With the help of several volunteers and a successful community, Giardini said he expects the houses to be complete in just over a year.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of North Alabama, call 256-533-2282.

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