Local non-profit working to revamp east Waco - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Local non-profit working to revamp east Waco

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A local non-profit group is helping revitalize east Waco by turning empty, abandoned lots into brand new, affordable houses. 

Kendra Anderson-Zadnik is a property manager and realtor for the city. She said the city has hundreds of vacant lots.

"There were a little over 500 lots for sale," Anderson-Zadnik said. "We're down to 260 lots [now]."

Anderson-Zadnik said most of the city's empty lots are in east Waco. She also said that the purchase of vacant lots by non-profits is a big reason why the city has seen such a large decrease in the number of abandoned properties. 

NeighborWorks Waco is a non-profit that purchases empty lots from the city of Waco to build income-based housing. The non-profit is currently working on building a subdivision in east Waco called Legacy Square.

The chief executive officer for NeighborWorks, Roy Nash said the organization plans to build more than 10 houses in the 500 blocks of Turner Street and Hood Street. 

"We're going to end up with 12 brand new homes here," Nash said. "Most of these will be for low income families." 

The C.E.O. said east Waco was chosen for the development because he believes that part of town has been neglected.

"East Waco has been a challenge in the last 40-50 years because of a lot of disinvestment," Nash said. "We're trying to bring back the awareness of the importance to revitalize east Waco."

NeighborWorks Waco has completed four homes in the Legacy Square subdivision so far. 

"It's reassuring and heart warming to know that we're helping to make affordable housing options available for low income families in east Waco," the C.E.O. said. "These are homes that they're going to own for the rest of their lives, probably, and homes that they can pass down to their children and grandchildren."

Nash said he hopes to have all 12 houses in Legacy Square built by the end of 2017.

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