• Habitat for Humanity breaks ground in Washington Shores community


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a new community in West Orlando Friday.

    The Butler's Preserve development will include more than 50 homes in the Washington Shores community.

    It's Habitat for Humanity's second effort to build a community instead of stand-alone houses.

    Butler's Preserve is named for former Orange County Commissioner Mable Butler, who fought to develop the vacant land in Washington Shores for decades.

    "I'm honored, but that doesn't mean anything. The whole idea is that this will be a beautiful community that was once a dump," Butler said.

    The new development will replace a vacant dumping ground with 57 new homes.

    Habitat for humanity homeowner Bonnie has fostered six children under her roof in a Habitat for Humanity home.

    "When I drive out six years later, I still look back at my house 'cause I'm still happy. Habitat is a wonderful organization that does a lot of things for a lot of people," said Berry.

    Building clusters of homes is new for Habitat for Humanity, but it's worked already at the Staghorn Villas in Orange County that is complete and now thriving.

    The real work will start in November once the infrastructure is complete. It all starts with a goal of putting up the first house in just a week.

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