by Lisa Tome
Although it is uncertain who will live there, two new homes in Perryville's downtown are generating a great deal of excitement.
The homes, both to be located in the 500 block of Richmond Street, will be built by Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna.
Dianna Battaglia, Town Planner for Perryville, said the plans for the Habitat homes, which are in the early stages, have generated a great deal of excitement. "It's very exciting. We've been working with them (Habitat) for months," she said.
Battaglia said by working with Habitat for Humanity, she has gotten information out to Perryville residents who aspire to be homeowners. Habitat provides home ownership opportunities with low interest home loans after the home is built by volunteers and Habitat staff. The homeowners have not been selected at this point but Battaglia said the focus is to provide homes for people that already live in Perryville.
Grant funds have also been awarded which will offset the $11,000 per home connection fees. The building lots have already been purchased by Habitat. The homes will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms and will be ranch homes.
"So far, they've been good to work with," said Battaglia. "We're looking forward to Habitat being here. And we may get a group of employees to volunteer (with the building) once we get to that point. It's our first time working with Habitat and it's exciting." Once the building gets underway, those at least 16 years of age may volunteer with the project. Construction will be 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There will also be non construction volunteer opportunities.