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Habitat For Humanity Purchases “Parrotts Ferry Village” Property

Sonora, CA – Some ambitious plans are in the works for Tuolumne County’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Executive Director Betsy Harden says the organization has worked out a deal to purchase land north of Columbia to build 36 town homes.

Developers had at one time planned to build affordable housing at the site, but the proposed "Parrotts Ferry Village" property had fallen into foreclosure. This came after the lots were approved for construction by the county.

The Tuolumne County organization was able to purchase the property for $399,000 thanks to a loan from the national Habitat For Humanity office. The local chapter has started raising money to pay off the loan, and Harden says they have already received a $50,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. PG&E is planning to help by donating solar panels for the homes in order to make them energy efficient.

If enough money is raised, the 36 homes will be built over a five year period.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.