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Habitat to start condominium project in Conway

The Mount Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity is about to embark on it's most ambitious project to date. The organization has recently purchased a partially completed 6,000-square-foot building on North Road in Conway that was originally intended to be six living units. They intend to complete the building reconfiguring it into four large 1,500-square-foot, single-story and condominium units. When finished, these condos will be sold to families who meet Habitat for Humanity's qualifications. This is a huge undertaking for the local affiliate as they typically build one house a year, raising the funds and constructing it with mostly volunteer labor. The scope of this project is the equivalent of building four houses at once so the organization is seeking additional financial resources and more construction volunteers.

Since the building is already roofed and relatively weather tight, construction can begin as soon as building permits are received from the town. Habitat volunteers will begin work on the exterior of the entire building when weather permits and also start framing the interior of the first condo unit. They hope to have the entire project completed within two years and have four new Habitat families living in their new homes.

The organization is seeking applicants for these condominiums. The qualifications are the same as for any Habitat home: income between $25,000-$40,000 annually, depending on family size; live or work in a Mount Washington Valley town for at least one year; presently living in some type of substandard situation; and the ability and willingness to work alongside Habitat volunteers and devote 300 hours of "sweat equity" into the construction process. Habitat does not keep a waiting list so anyone eligible has an opportunity for these units. Interested persons should contact the Habitat office at 356-3832, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . with any questions or requests for applications. Donations to assist the project may be directed to Mount Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity, 2 Common Court, North Conway, NH, 03860.

An information and orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Legends Meeting Room at the Eastern slope Inn, in North Conway. Anyone with questions about the Habitat program or potential applicants should attend. Applications for the condo units will be available at this meeting. Mount Washington Valley Habitat is an equal opportunity lender.
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