The city of Marietta and its partners built a new home for a citizen in need of improved housing and cut the ribbon on the Griggs Street house in a ceremony July 27. Venture Homes made generous contributions of labor and services to build the 1,320 square foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, saving $20,000 in construction costs.
Marietta purchased the land for the home after federal drug authorities seized it, and city officials expect the new construction will help redevelop the neighborhood. Elected officials hope other builders and developers will assist in revitalizing the community by becoming involved in the program.
The home was built as part of the federal Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant and HOME program operated jointly by the city of Marietta and Cobb County Community Development Divisions. New homes are built for lower income homeowners when their current home is deemed rehab unfeasible and the cost for replacement with a new home is reasonable.
This is the eighth reconstructed home in Marietta since the program began in 2002, and three more are planned for next year.