Rapid City Mayor volunteers with Habitat for Humanity for the day

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The mayor of Rapid City put on his construction hat on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 5 during the Mayor Build Day.

Mayor Steve Allender volunteered with the Black Hills Habitat for Humanity for the day at the Garfield Green location in North Rapid. This is an old abandoned school property that Habitat is turning into affordable housing. This is part of a project that aims at revitalizing the Garfield Green neighborhood.

“So this project through Habitat will provide affordable housing to a number of families who, by the way, have worked on these homes and will earn sweat equity,” said Allender. “But eventually they will purchase these homes and pay a mortgage on them just like everybody else.”

He was joined by other city staff, such as the Police Chief Karl Jegeris, City Attorney Joel Landeen, Parks and Rec Director Jeff Biegler, and Rapid City firefighters. The goal of Habitat is to create safe, decent and affordable housing for low-income families. Affordable housing is a problem in Rapid City, so projects like these are one way to help alleviate the issue in the area.

The old Garfield school behind these houses will be converted into apartments.