Construction of the New Holland affordable housing development kicks off tonight with a block party


HOLLAND, MI – Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity invites the community to attend a block party tonight at Vista Green, to kick off construction of a neighborhood of affordable homes.

The event showcasing the 42 homes will take place from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 4 at 285 W. 36th St. Vista Green, developed by Lakeshore Habitat and Jubilee Ministries, is located on the South Side of Holland.

The Vista Green Development is the nonprofit’s “largest-to-date” housing development and will serve people earning 30 to 120 percent of the region’s median income.

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“We thought, why not kick off this new neighborhood with a block party and start building this community; not just with our future owners, but by inviting the community as a whole,” said Don Wilkinson, CEO of Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity.

The community block party is described by organizers as an opportunity for Lakeshore Habitat to invite neighbors and local supporters to learn more about affordable housing and how to get involved.

Lakeshore Habitat has decided to trade in their usual gala attire for an evening of family fun tonight. The event replaces the traditional fall fundraising dinner for Cœur d’Habitat. Lakeshore Habitat will host an informal reception at 5 p.m. Drinks, appetizers, a dinner ticket and raffle prizes will be available for $40. Pre-register here.

This year, funds raised will support the continued development of the neighborhood and the 18 families who will eventually inhabit the space, according to Lakeshore Habitat.

Last October, Lakeshore Habitat announced plans to build 18 homes and 24 townhouses for the 42 units. The nonprofit’s estimated price was $3.9 million to build 18 homes. Jubilee Ministries previously said its cost to develop 24 townhouses was around $5.5 million.

“A great memory that many of us grew up in a neighborhood is of an actual block party,” Wilkinson said. “Our vision for Vista Green is of a community where kids play together in the common space, families have barbecues, and people come together and support each other as neighbors.”

Attendees of the free event can catch a live performance of championship martial arts at 7 p.m. Other fun opportunities during the party include a chance to see a magician, meet animals from the outdoor discovery center, participate in carnival games, kids building activities, face painting and more Again. .

The community can also participate by purchasing raffle tickets for $10 ($15 for $100) for a chance to win a variety of prizes.

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