CASSELBERRY, Fla. - The city of Casselberry hopes to transform a community full of aging manufactured homes into one filled with new
North Casselberry has plenty of vacant manufactured housing that's not doing either the city or neighbors like Shawn Walker very much good, but it could.
"It would provide housing for a low-income family," said Walker.
Walker said as it is now, this property is only providing housing for pests.
The city of Casselberry would like to buy the property and three-dozen others like it with neighborhood stabilization money earmarked for Seminole County. Then, Habitat would build homes that could increase the city's tax base.
"Not only does it contribute to the tax
Casselberry has already made a request to the county for $1 million to $1.5 million to begin buying empty properties.
The land value is estimated at $30,000. It would cost another $5,000 to
"It would just take some planning, and kind of engaging the community. I know we could do it. I think we could do 10 houses at a time. That's a lot, but I know we could do it," said Penny Seater, with Habitat for Humanity in Seminole and Greater Apopka
And Habitat sees Casselberry's proposal as another opportunity to provide safe,
Habitat for Humanity in Seminole and Greater Apopka, has 21 families waiting to buy a
This is just one of the many recent initiatives Casselberry officials have come up with to help revitalize the area.
Officials are making banks register with the city so the city can hold them responsible for foreclosed commercial properties. And on Wednesday, WFTV learned the city wants to extend a special street light tax. WFTV is working to find out how much it could cost residents.