'Sweat equity' at work here
By JORGE SANCHEZ
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Heron Woods will provide 50 homes for low-income families and 49 rental homes when it is complete in about two years. The subdivision is off Turner Camp Road on Melody Street.
On Saturday, members of the 14 families approved for new homes put up the frame of Israel McKenna's house. Also working were 10 volunteers from the Inverness Church of God's Men of Action group. The homes are framed with steel beams.
"Once they've finished that one, they'll go on to the next one until all 14 homes are completed," said Maureen Wilson, director of Florida Low Income Housing Inc., which owns the subdivision.
"They can't move in until all 14 houses are completed," she said.
Construction began on surface roads this year and the Heron Woods community center was finished in March. The subdivision also will have a nature park and walking trail.
Wilson said the work on the rental units is further along, because professional contractors are building them. "We're in the process of putting up kitchen cabinets in one of the units," Wilson said.
- Information from Times files was used in this story.
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