Three newly built cottage-style homes in Coleman, including this one at 6702 Winkles St., will be dedicated Saturday by Habitat of Lake-Sumter before the keys are turned over to the new homeowners: Eddie Broglin, Kaylei and David Tranor, and Gennivieve Sprague.
“These are the first cottage-model homes we have ever built and dedicated; the first type of small trial homes,” says Danielle Stroud, director of development, for Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida.
She says the 2 bedroom/1 bath homes of about 700 square feet each were designed for smaller families entering the housing market or those seeking to downsize.
“There is a huge interest and need for more smaller, entry-level homes,” Danielle says. “And when you think about the trends in housing, bigger homes have gone by the wayside. A lot of folks cannot buy that big for their first-time home.”
Danielle says the three cottages in Coleman are half the size of the cottage-style houses Habitat built in Veterans Village in Umatilla.
Saturday’s dedication will feature a gathering of volunteers, sponsors, the homeowners’ loved-ones, along with local dignitaries, including Congressman Daniel Webster, a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter. The congressman also spent time volunteering to build one of the houses being dedicated.
The cottages in Coleman served as an innovative housing model as Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter plans to build The Cottage of Heritage Grove, a new 23-unit pocket neighborhood in Tavares. This will be Habitat’s first age-restricted community benefitting those in the Central Florida area who are on a fixed income, retired, or looking to maintain affordable housing as senior citizens.
Building for the 23 homes, including the “cottage-style” houses, and an open park “green,” is slated to begin in 2020.
Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida is an affiliate of Habitat International. Habitat has a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat of Lake-Sumter has constructed over 250 homes in Lake and Sumter counties since 1989 while providing preservation and repairs to many more. Habitat of Lake-Sumter also operates 4 ReStores in Lake and Sumter counties that are designed as social enterprises to help support the mission of sustainable home ownership for families in need.