The first “kinda tiny” house in Northside has been completed as a part of a community development group’s program to rehabilitate small, vacant buildings in the neighborhood.
Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation and the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development funded the rehabilitation of 4222 Fergus St., the first of five homes in the redeveloping neighborhood that are 1,200 square feet or less.
NEST’s program aims to provide affordable, disabled-accessible housing for low- to moderate-income families, first-time homebuyers, homeowners who want to age in place and people with special needs.
The city provided $65,000 in funding for the home, which was listed at $159,000. A sale is pending. The city will provide a total of $441,000 for $1.1 million in construction on Northside homes on Fergus and Mad Anthony streets as a part of its Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) program.
NOFA provides money for infrastructure projects like sewer, sidewalk and water to new housing developments, proposals that serve a special needs population and home ownership, said Monica Hardman, deputy director for the department.
“One of the main goals … is to provide an incentive or spark for transformative development,” Hardman said.
North Side Bank & Trust provided a construction loan for the 926-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, while 8K Construction Company LLC served as general contractor.