SOURCE: Osceola News-Gazette
A small parcel of land in downtown Kissimmee was yanked from the auction block just in time for Osceola County to donate it to Habitat for Humanity.
County Commission Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb, a Realtor and a former Kissimmee city commissioner, helped facilitate the deal with the venerable nonprofit.
The property, little more than half an acre of vacant land on Brack Street just north of U.S. Highway 192, is well suited for townhome development, according to Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County.
Affordable housing is a top priority in Osceola, “so it was an easy yes from rest of the (county) commission when asked about this lot,” Grieb told the News-Gazette.
Located in the heart of Kissimmee’s Vine Street Community Redevelopment Area, city officials also were instrumental in helping Habitat for Humanity secure the property, said President and CEO Catherine Steck McManus.
“We are humbled to be part of it because affordable housing is a collaborative issue in Osceola,” she said. “Everyone is working on creative solutions and talking about what works and what doesn’t.”