Building a community while preserving history

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Building homes to build a community, the Garfield Green reconstruction project is moving full steam ahead.

After breaking ground last May, the Garfield Green project is at its busiest. Crews have finished foundations for eight single family modular homes that will be placed around the old school next month.. The school is being converted into 12 high rise lofts. Once the houses arrive crews will start building garages and decks as well as landscape.
Due to the lack of affordable housing, Scott Engmann, executive director of the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity is hoping that project will be complete this fall.

"We continue to hear from residents across the Black Hills that affordable housing is one of the most critical needs and it feels really good to know that this project is going to meet a critical need at this critical time," said Engmann.

Families that are in need are automatically qualified, but must be willing to work with the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity and qualify to repay an affordable mortgage.

Once finished, Garfield Green will house up to 20 residents who will be saving $700-800 monthly.

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