Habitat for Humanity starts biggest project ever

groundbreaking ceremony

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – In the last 30 years it’s been around, the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity has built dozens of homes.

Organization leaders shared plans for their biggest project ever Monday at the corner of Walnut and Baird Streets in Green Bay.

Months of planning have gone into the project.

“We have never done a project where we have all of the homes all together on one lot,” said Colleen Stephens, program support specialist for Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. “We’ll have six families here, so three different units, owner occupied. There will be a common wall in between big, beautiful two-story homes, the biggest homes we’ve actually built ever at Habitat.”

The homes will each be approximately 1,800 square feet.

One of the six homes build will be the organization’s 100th home built in its 30 years.

42 percent of them have been built in the last five years.

Future residents are ready to see construction begin.

“I’m so excited, I’m very happy for my family,” said Cecilia Razon Maldonado, one of two residents already selected for the site. “I’m so excited i’m getting my own garden.”

That’s not the only reason so many are excited.

“This had really became a blited neighborhood,” Harry Maier, chairman of the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority, said.

The city says that by building Habitat for Humanity homes on this site, it’ll help the neighborhood.

“When Habitat comes in and builds a house, all of the sudden the neighbors next door start improving their homes,” Maier said.

The Redevelopment Authority partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help pay for the construction of the homes.

Each home will take three to four months and 800 volunteer hours to build.

Residents are expected to move in next June.

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