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Some of those working on the Tri-River chapter of Habitat For Humanity broke ground this week on the local group’s 13th house. Front row, from left: Thomas J. Walton (Waltons Appliance). Back row, Jim Sizemore (Rowe Insulation), Gene Haugh, Rev. Larry Davis (Arbor Baptist Church), Ted Daniel (South Boston Town Manager), Steven Crutchfield (Crutchfield Associates), Rev. Russell Lee (First Presbyterian Church), Henry Medley, Shane Foushee (Crutchfield & Associates), Thomas Majors (Bannister Baptist Association Men’s Ministry), Mike Koch (board president of Habitat), Scotty Szakacs, Bob Mason, B.J.Thornburg, Rev. Lawrence Wilkerson, Morris Bryant (South Boston Town Council member) and Bob Hughes (executive director of Habitat). / May 16, 2013
The Tri-River chapter of Habitat for Humanity broke ground this week on its 13th house, setting a record for the fastest turnaround since its last house was finished just nine months ago, according to Executive Director Bob Hughes.

The house will sit on Jefferson Avenue, which runs behind the Washington-Coleman Community Center and Early Learning Center. The town of South Boston donated the plot to Habitat as a way not only to help the non-profit but to fill in the neighborhood and collect taxes on the land.

The site was once an open, uncovered town reservoir where, legend has it, children occasionally took covert swimming dips, said Town Manager Ted Daniel.

Daniel said he hopes the new house will be part of a revitalized area — the town has applied for a Community Development Block Grant to shore up about 15 houses in the historic area of Jefferson Avenue, Jeffress Street and College Street.

The house itself, which will sit on a high, grassy area behind a million-gallon water tank reservoir, will be almost 1,400 square feet with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The new family, whose name has not been released yet, will spend at least 250 hours working on the house themselves, noted Hughes.

Families selected by Habitat must qualify with dependable income and decent credit. They then pay back to Habitat at no interest the cost of the home, which has been defrayed by donated materials and services from local businesses, construction professionals and volunteers.

Weather permitting, the house is expected to be finished in about 10 months, Hughes said.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization founded in 1976 that works to eliminate poverty housing one family at a time. The local Habitat website:

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