PINELLAS PARK — Representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco counties, sponsors and elected officials gathered June 3 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 75-lot affordable housing project in Pinellas Park.

The project is the local affiliate’s largest development to date. It will provide 75 families the opportunity to thrive in safe and affordable homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties acquired 7.3 acres at the northeast corner of 68th Street and 62nd Avenue North in Pinellas Park in June 2018 for $2.1 million.

Habitat will initially build 51 new affordable, energy efficient homes, with the first 15 homes starting within the coming weeks. The 7.3 acres also contains a number of residents living in mobile homes, but rather than displacing the homeowners, Habitat is providing them an opportunity to access the Habitat program or continue living on the property until they decide to move. Additional project goals include the construction of a new road as well as infrastructure improvements to the alleys between homes.

This neighborhood will offer 75 local families and individuals the opportunity to improve the paths of their family for generations to come. Candidates must demonstrate need for adequate shelter; have the ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and be willing to partner with Habitat to invest 350 to 450 sweat equity hours.