Posted: Tuesday, May 27th 2014 at 3:34pm
Housing rehab project results in new home for disabled, elderly Gainesville woman
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - A dedication ceremony was held recently for a house that was built for an elderly, disabled woman in a partnership involving the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the city of Gainesville, and students from the Gainesville High School Construction Department.
Fannie Tanner had applied to the city for assistance with repairs to her home through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
Theresa Dyer, Housing Coordinator for the city's Community Development Department, said after a review of the application, it was determined that the house was too dilapidated to repair. So, the focus at that time shifted from repairs to a possible demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new house, funded by (DCA).
At that point, Dyer said, the city began seeking a contractor that would be willing to incorporate the use of students from Gainesville High School Construction Department as laborers. The contract was awarded to Bryant Builders, LLC.
From demolition to the ribbon-cutting, the construction portion of the new house located on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard took just over two-and-a-half months, according to Dyer.
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