FirstBank gives land for local Habitat house |

FirstBank gives land for local Habitat house

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Summit Daily/Richard ChittickFrom left, FirstBank of Breckenridge's Lawrence Hess, Blake Davis and president Jeff Campeau present a deed to Habitat for Humanity board members Bill Musolf, Gayle Reid and president Lisa Annaheim. Hess is also a member of the Habitat board.

BRECKENRIDGE – FirstBank of Breckenridge has donated land to Summit Habitat for Humanity as the site for two houses.

The parcel is located in the Quandary Village Subdivision south of Breckenridge and is valued at $80,000.

Habitat for Humanity will use the parcel for construction of its fourth and fifth homes in Summit County.

“We are indebted to FirstBank of Breckenridge for this generous donation,” said Lisa Annaheim, president of Summit Habitat for Humanity.

“FirstBank continues to support our organization financially and with its expertise in the affordable housing arena,” Annaheim said. “Land represents one of the most difficult-to-obtain components in building affordable housing in Summit County, so this contribution is a perfect fit for us. We are excited and grateful for this kind donation.”

Planning and design work for the first new Habitat house will begin in the spring.

The group hopes to have the house constructed and occupied by the end of 2005.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers are organizing fundraising efforts to support the new home.

The annual fundraiser, the Soup Supper, will be 5-7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco.

The supper is free, and all food and beverages have been donated. However, Habitat is hoping for donations to help with costs in building the new home.

“We hope members of our community will come together to assist with the project,” Annaheim said.

The new house will be the group’s fourth home and third in the town of Breckenridge and Upper Blue areas.

The family purchasing the home through Habitat for Humanity must donate at least 500 hours of work on the house during the building stages.

Requirements also dictate the family can make no more than 50 percent of Area Median Income – less than $35,950 per year in 2003 – and must show interest and intent in staying in the county long-term.

Habitat sells the home at a below market price, and then carries the mortgage interest-free.

For information on Summit Habitat for Humanity or the Soup Supper, call (970) 547-7117.

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