At the groundbreaking ceremony, guests got a sneak peak at what the finished product will look like. Crews will begin laying the foundation for 15 cottages in a few weeks. Seven of the homes are market-rate, eight are specifically for Habitat families.
The executive director of Charlottesville's Habitat for Humanity branch, Dan Rosensweig, says the location of the cottages make them a great place to live.
"It's walkable adjacent to public transportation, to the Belmont Park, everything that we build we like to build in such a way that families can walk to what they need rather than having to get into their cars," said Rosensweig.
This is part of Project 20, Habitat's commitment to build at least 20 homes annually. Families that have graduated from the group's Homebuyer Education program will move there. They're families that have volunteered a large amount of time building homes for others, and it will soon be their turn to own homes of their own.