FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14th, 2012
CONTACT: Michael Snodgrass
Sugar Creek Missouri and Builders Development Corporation welcome Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
“Open House” Event for new Energy-Star Rated Sugar Creek Homes built with Neighborhood Stabilization Program set for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16th, 2012.
The City of Sugar Creek and Builders Development Corporation (BDC) will be welcoming United States Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and other officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony for two new homes that have been constructed at 208 and 210 N Willow Avenue. The ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 210 N Willow Avenue, Sugar Creek, Missouri.
The lots previously contained two vacant, dilapidated homes that had been on the City’s dangerous building list. The new homes were constructed by Builders Development Corporation (BDC) and funding was provided through a Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) grant the City of Sugar Creek received in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There are no local funds required by the City to participate in the program. This event showcases the first new homes to be built by the BDC in Sugar Creek.
The BDC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation working towards rebuilding communities in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The BDC recently received a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Best Practice Award for its commitment to energy-efficient and affordable homes.
Using the NSP grant funding Builders Development Corporation purchases vacant and foreclosed properties to renovate or reconstruct the homes on the properties and then sells the homes to qualified families. The program is part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) also known as the Recovery Act enacted to create jobs and promote investment and consumer spending during the recession. The BDC is currently building ten (10) new homes in Sugar Creek, Raytown and Grandview under the NSP3.
“From Sugar Creek to Grandview to Raytown, the economic growth continues. One house at a time, one neighborhood at a time, and one family at a time – we are working together and making a huge difference,” says Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. “This doesn’t happen without thousands of hours of hard work by hundreds of local people focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs. These are long-term solutions that save taxpayer dollars while turning blight into beauty and houses into hope.”
Sugar Creek Mayor Stan Salva stated, “The city of Sugar Creek is extremely pleased with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program as it has transformed this block and neighborhood. 208 and 210 N Willow were two homes that were very dilapidated and now they showcase our newest and most energy efficient homes. They are a source of pride, representing reinvestment in our existing neighborhoods with an eye toward energy efficiency and long term livability.”
Theresa Porter, Deputy Regional Administrator for Region VII of the Department of Housing and Urban Development said, “HUD is proud to be a funding vehicle for improving neighborhoods and the lives of millions of families across the nation. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program is one tool in this ongoing fight to improve the quality of life for persons or families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.”
BDC Board President Tom Woods stated, “The BDC prides itself not only on hiring quality, local contractors, but in providing a quality home that is as energy-efficient as feasibly possible to ensure livability over the next several decades. We are very pleased to be a partner with Sugar Creek in revitalizing this area”
Utilizing the NSP3 funding the BDC is also constructing a new house at 10514 E Scarritt in Sugar Creek and is currently identifying additional properties to acquire/reconstruct or acquire/rehab in Sugar Creek, Raytown and Grandview.
All residents of Sugar Creek, and other interested persons, will have the opportunity to tour the home(s) at 210 N Willow Avenue during this time, from approximately 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 16th, with realtors, lenders, and BDC staff on hand to answer any questions.
Person interested in obtaining more information about the program, can contact Michael Snodgrass, Executive Director of the Builders Development Corporation at email@example.com.