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UNF Construction Department Partners with HabiJax to Build Home in New Town

January 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The University of North Florida (UNF) partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (HabiJax) to build a home in the historic neighborhood of New Town. The ranch-style model home is located at 1819 West 5th Street.

“We are excited about our new partnership with UNF,” said HabiJax President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke. “This is a special home for the family who ends up moving in as well as the students who participated.”

Students in UNF’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction oversaw the building of a new home in New Town, providing construction management, bidding out the work, scheduling vendors and contractors as well as performing the final inspection. The class project was led by David Hacker, president of Construction Specialties of North Florida, and Mark Riccaboni, construction superintendent of HabiJax, and a graduate of the UNF Construction Management program.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a well-respected and successful organization as HabiJax,” said Hacker. “Our students enjoyed every minute of building a home and look forward to hopefully one day meeting the family that gets to call the house, ‘home’.”

To make a greater impact in Jacksonville neighborhoods, HabiJax is committing its experience, housing products and services to revitalizing the historic neighborhood of New Town. A capital campaign is underway with a goal of $16 million that will contribute to building at least 100 brand new homes in New Town over the next two years. Qualified potential homeowners will also be offered an interest-free mortgage.

HabiJax has provided homeownership to more than 1,900 families since 1988. Combined with its other homeownership services, including Critical Home Repair, A Brush with Kindness, Weatherization, Rehabilitation and Housing Counseling, HabiJax has served more than 7,500 families.

More information about HabiJax and how you can own a home is available at www.habijax.org or by calling (904) 798-4529.

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