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City builds new housing in depressed areas

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "I love it. I love the colors...I love it," says Brian Thompson.

Thompson is walking through what he hopes will someday be his new home.

"This is the perfect opportunity for me."

Thanks to the City of Montgomery's "Green, Healthy and Safe Neighborhood Initiative," six homes in the Garden Square community in Chisolm are being remodeled.

"The area is more bright and sunny," says Thompson who plans to make an offer soon.

"The city has provided something wonderful for the environment, for the community and I really want to take this opportunity to better myself," he says.

Garden Square is only one example of how the city is creating new housing through the use of grant money.

Opportunity Gardens near Air Base Boulevard and Lanier Place on E. D. Nixon Drive host brand new city-funded houses for sale.

Darrell Carter lives near Lanier Place.

"It's something good for the community, actually upbuilding and something positive," he says.

Starting prices for some of the homes in Lanier Place are just over $100,000 dollars. And while some folks may think that's a lot, city officials say there's reason for it.

"What we're trying to do is raise the value of the property of these areas. Once you do that you get other types of businesses coming into the area," says Grants Administrator, Desmond Wilson.

The city is letting local realtors market the homes, but they are offering down-payment assistance.  All you have to do is tell your realtor you're interested and they'll help you apply for the grant.

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