New Hope’s Scattered Site Housing Program Expands

New Hope’s Scattered Site Housing Program Expands
Posted on 07/08/2021
New Hope’s Scattered Site Housing Program has expanded, with the approval of two new
purchase and redevelopment agreements by the New Hope Economic Development Authority (EDA).

The homes, located at 5213 Pennsylvania Avenue North and 4637 Aquila Avenue North are the latest properties acquired as part of the program, which focuses on targeting distressed single-family properties throughout the city for demolition and redevelopment or rehabilitation.

The city sent requests for proposals to more than 30 builders for each property, with the stipulation that each proposed house must be an owner-occupied, single family home.

New Hope’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) acquired the property located at 5213 Pennsylvania Avenue North earlier this year. The house, identified as one of the lowest valued single-family homes in the city, was demolished in May. Five builder proposals were received for the property, and after review, the two-story design submitted by Donnay Homes was identified as the preferred proposal. The 2,747 square-foot home will feature four bedrooms, with potential for a fifth; three bathrooms and a three-stall garage.

The property located at 4637 Aquila Avenue North was acquired in March, following a tragic fire in spring of 2020. The home was destroyed beyond repair and demolished earlier this month. The EDA received three proposals for the property, with Great Buy Homes’ proposal selected as the preferred design. The proposed split-level design will feature five bedrooms, three bathrooms and just over 2,500 square-feet of living space with a three-stall garage.

The city budgets funding for scattered site projects each year in the EDA budget.

Construction on both homes is anticipated to begin this summer with completion by Jan. 1, 2022.