Habitat targets next houses for downtown

By From page A5 | March 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity is preparing to build its next two houses for needy families on a lot near downtown Fairfield.

The nonprofit agency has owned the 10,000-square-foot property at the southeast corner of Taylor and Missouri streets since 2001. It is raising money so it can have its volunteers build the homes, with a groundbreaking possible this spring.

This site in a residential area a block from Texas Street is actually to have three homes. Habitat for Humanity sold part of the property to Steve Hanley to build a house that he can sell as a private venture.

Habitat for Humanity last year completed two homes at Acacia Street, a couple of miles away in Fairfield. It wants to keep the momentum going.

“We have all these volunteers hyped up from the last project,” said Diane Agnone, executive director of Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity. “We’re trying to get them out there as soon as we can.”

Families chosen to live in the homes must also help build them. Habitat for Humanity calls this “sweat equity.”

But first, Habitat for Humanity must raise money. The project will cost about $400,000.

Agnone said her agency needs at least $200,000 before it can get started.

Habitat for Humanity has $60,000 left from a state CalHome grant for the Acacia Street project. Anheuser-Busch will donate $35,000 and Kiewit Infrastructure Group $20,000.

Anheuser-Busch and Kiewit were also major sponsors for the Acacia Street project, Habitat Development Director Kathy Hoffman said.

Habitat for Humanity could possibly do the site work for two homes, including pouring the concrete foundations, but build one of the homes first.

“It’s all a function of money,” Agnone said. “If the money is slow to come in, we’re going to build one. We’re still trying to decide. Ideally, for economies of scale, you want to do two at the same time.”

Both Habitat for Humanity homes will be single-story and be 1,228 square feet. The outsides will look different, with one to be in “craftsman” style and one in “traditional” style, according to papers filed with the city.

Hanley’s house is to be 1,475 square feet and be in a Spanish style with a tile roof.

City officials know of no previous buildings on the property, Agnone said. There’s no sign of previous development remaining on the ground. The site needs sewer and water hookups.

Businesses and people interested in supporting the effort with donations should call the Habitat office at 422-1948. They can send contributions to Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, 5130 Fulton Drive, Suite R, Fairfield, CA 94534.

People who want to volunteer to help build the houses can go www.solanonapahabitat.org. to sign up.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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