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Update: The Cottages at Heritage Grove

The Cottages at Heritage Grove July 2021 Update

Last October, Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter broke ground on a new housing development in Tavares, FL. Now, we look ahead to laying the foundation for the first home this Fall.

The Cottages at Heritage Grove is a 23-unit pocket neighborhood featuring cottage-style homes and townhomes at approximately 730 square feet. They will be the first age-qualified community built by Habitat Lake-Sumter.

Currently, all major infrastructure is complete, and the first layer of landscaping is soon to be underway. With the economy opening after the Covid-19 pandemic, the construction industry is busier than ever and delays from utility installation to lumber delivery has become standard fare; however, the challenges residents in Central Florida and Habitat Lake-Sumter has faced also highlights the present need for a community like the Cottages at Heritage Grove.

Locally elected officials commissioned Lake 100 to create a Workforce Housing Strategic Plan to highlight housing affordability and workforce housing in our community, and it has shed light on the need for partnerships in providing affordability to families now and in the future.

The community will benefit those in the Central Florida area who are on a fixed income, retired, or looking to maintain affordable housing as senior citizens.

In speaking to the need for affordable housing for senior citizens in Lake and Sumter Counties, Habitat’s Family Service Manager, Veronica Troxell says “We have been inundated with calls and interest around our Tavares Cottages. Countless people are reaching out who are interested and eager to apply for these homes. The cottage-sized home is ideal for aging individuals and couples looking for the stability of their forever-home.” 

The Cottages at Heritage Grove and all 23-units are scheduled to be built over a 3 – 4 year period.

Applications will open in late- 2021. For questions about The Cottages at Heritage Grove or Habitat’s homeownership program, contact Veronica at Veronica@HabitatLS.org or (352) 483-0434 x 124.