Groundbreaking for ShadowBrook subdivision highlights efforts to bring more affordable housing opportunity to residents
Last week, Councilor LaTonya Tate joined Pratt City residents and National Community Reinvestment Coalition officials for the groundbreaking of a new affordable housing development — ShadowBrook.
In November, the Council unanimously passed a redevelopment agreement between the City and NCRC (National Community Reinvestment Coalition) Housing Rehab Fund, in which the City conveyed a total of fifty two lots located in the Pratt City Community for the future development of single family affordable, energy-efficient houses.
The NCRC pledged to build 200 affordable housing units across the city; this project is another step toward reaching that goal. The 52 homes will be constructed on previously vacant lots along the Pratt Highway corridor.
In January, the Birmingham City Council approved an item for the pilot program that transferred 27 lots in Belview Heights to Housing Redevelopment Corporation of America to develop affordable single-family homes. In October, the Council approved a project for the development of 16 homes in Woodlawn through this program. The funding is being used to help subsidize the cost of the homes and is part of the federal American Rescue Plan funding that the City received last year.
Each home in Pratt City will be approximately 1,200–1,700 square feet and will be in the price range of $185,000.
“This is going to really help the Pratt City neighborhood continue to grow and bring home ownership opportunities to our residents in the area,” Councilor LaTonya Tate said. “My colleagues and I on the Council are constantly working on new ways to bring more affordable housing opportunities into our communities. I’ve been really encouraged with the work we’ve seen with the similar projects in other districts. This is a big step in the right direction.”