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Posted on: March 24, 2016

[ARCHIVED] City Welcomes New Homeowners to Downtown Area

     Jacksonville Community Development is hosting a ceremony at 310 Court Street in downtown Jacksonville at 11:30AM, March 28. The ceremony is set to welcome four new homeowners to the downtown area. These homeowners purchased their newly built custom homes through the City’s Downtown Housing Initiative. Councilman Jerome Willingham will read a proclamation and those in attendance will have the opportunity to tour a home built through the City’s initiative and learn more about Jacksonville’s downtown revitalization efforts.

Downtown Jacksonville is in the midst of revitalization and is seeing a growth in new businesses and residential newcomers. The City has long committed to downtown revitalization and launched the Downtown Housing Initiative in 2011. Essential goals of the initiative are to create safe and livable neighborhoods. The City has built and sold seven homes during this period with more available for purchase.

Custom homes were built through the initiative in a public-private partnership with the City and local builders. New homes include front porches, off street parking, custom design, are energy efficient and beautifully landscaped. Lots which are offered as incentives to qualifying buyers are located within walking distance of parks, water front, festivals, shops and dining. Assistance for the Downtown Housing Initiative is funded through HUD (Housing & Urban Development) grant funds. ?
During Community Development Week March 28 - April 2, Jacksonville will be sharing information about Community Development resources, programs and services through the City website, social media and on G10TV.
Community Development Programs & Services:
Rehabilitation Assistance - For existing home owners. Assistance is offered to help bring your home up to City Code.
Buyer Incentives - Through the downtown housing initiative, qualified buyers may access deferred forgivable loans to acquire lots, loan assistance and down payment assistance when purchasing a home.
Affordable Housing - The City works to provide affordable housing resources to all Citizens providing a listing of affordable homes and rentals in the area.
Fair Housing - Assistance in filing a complaint or addressing issues concerning discrimination.
Demolition Services - The City provides this service in an effort to eliminate blight and unsafe structures within City limits.
Homebuyer Education Courses - Offered throughout the year to potential buyers, provide an opportunity to speak with Realty and Mortgage professionals about purchasing and maintaining a home.

Contact: Lillie Gray, Community Development Administrator
910 938-5286,
City Hall, 815 New Bridge Street


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