Southwood mobile home community to get new single-family homes

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Southwood community in Albemarle County is getting a massive facelift, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

The aging mobile home park will be getting new single-family homes and rental units in a 12-year housing program.

The $250 million project will be built on land alongside the current homes to avoid family displacement during the transition.

Dan Rosensweig, the president of the local Habitat for Humanity, says there has been a great need for affordable housing in the area for years.

He says the group paid $20 million in operations and deferred maintenance to keep the community going.

"The mobile homes are in pretty rough shape. The underground infrastructure when we purchased the park was really rough, there was raw sewage bubbling up out of the ground, trailers catching fire because they were hot-wired to the grid," he said.

The mobile homes date back to the 1950s.

Rosensweig says construction on the first phase of the plan might start next year, with both single-family homes and rental units planned for the 300-plus families who live in the community.

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