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Pillars at Oakmont in limbo?

04/17/2011 10:35 AM by

Style looks at the present and future of Pillars at Oakmont:

Nine houses have been framed out with roofs, doors and windows; three are little more than brick steps and crawl spaces; and work hasn’t begun on the remaining three. The multifamily model was new for Habitat, Lafayette says, “and we haven’t progressed the way we’ve wanted to.” One former employee says that attached homes are difficult to build with volunteer labor because of the skills required.

Work continues on the Pillars project, Lafayette says: “We’re going to complete the nine units, and then we have to pursue funding for additional house sponsors.” Habitat also will rethink plans to sell some of the homes at market rate, while reserving others for buyers at different income levels, she says.


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