Community development organization City Fields, along with the Ocoee Region Builders Association, held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the construction of a new house which will be located on …
Community development organization City Fields, along with the Ocoee Region Builders Association, held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the construction of a new house which will be located on Blythe Avenue.
ORBA president Blake Allison said construction of the home began recently. He said volunteers will begin framing the 1,175 square foot house next month.
Allison said each year ORBA is involved in build projects ranging from constructing new restrooms at schools, as well as other projects.
“This year we wanted to partner with City Fields,” Allison said.
Allison said volunteers, as well as building materials donated by area businesses, helps ORBA and City Fields, and will help control construction costs.
“It really brings the budget down,” Allison said.
City Fields Executive Director Dustin Tommey said an aged and deteriorating home had previously occupied the lot and was a hazard to the community.
"Four years ago, the house was condemned and falling in. The neighbors said they had giving up hope,” Tommey said, adding that they told him if they house were ever demolished, ‘They would believe in change again.’”
He said the lot was donated after the house was razed. He said the single-story house will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The new house will be one of the first to be built in the neighborhood in decades. Another new home, located on Chippewa, was constructed by City Fields in the same neighborhood last year. The house sold before its completion.
Tommey said City Fields' efforts to remodel, as well as construct new homes in the Blythe-Oldfield neighborhood is inspiring longtime residents who had given up hope that the area would recover from decades of neglect and blight.
“The new house will represent hope and change,” Tommey said.
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