A vacant property in Leesburg will be the site of a new Habitat for Humanity home that will provide students with a hands-on educational project.
The city of Leesburg’s donation of surplus property to the Lake-Sumter Habitat is the first step in a partnership between the city, the organization, and the Construction Academy at Leesburg High School, a news release states. The City Commission on Monday, Jan. 28, unanimously approved the donation.
The vacant lot on North 12th Street, obtained through code enforcement proceedings, will be used for the construction of a three-bedroom, single-family residence. Habitat will oversee the project, and Construction Academy students will provide the labor to build the house.
“We are ecstatic at the opportunity to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this project,” Leesburg High principal Michael Randolph says in the release. “With this approval, we are ready to launch this in the 2019-2020 school year.”
Students will receive hands-on practical experience in several trades throughout the process of construction. Thanks, in part, to an $866,000 grant from the state, the Construction Academy has been able to upgrade its equipment and look for more opportunities for students to learn important skills in the field.
“I believe our students participating in this project will build your skilled labor force and will eventually help you attract businesses to Leesburg and help with economic growth overall,” Lynnea Weissman, grant project manager for the Construction Academy, told the City Commission.
Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed by April 2020, the release states. Habitat will market the completed project for sale to a qualified homeowner.