Albany -- The city of Albany donates land to Habitat for Humanity in hopes of bringing homes
Wednesday, city commissioners agreed to give these five plots on Heard Avenue to Habitat. The previous homes were flooded in 1994. The city used flood recovery money to buy the properties and demolish the homes.
Habitat plans to build five new houses here, once their neighborhood in south Albany is full.
"They're completing their neighborhood in south Albany," said Community Development Director Jennifer Clark. "They have probably another year before they can start structures on this are, but they will be able to start designing and selecting families."
It's a win-win for the city, since the new homeowners will have to pay property taxes and the city won't be responsible for maintaining the vacant lots.