A partnership between Indian Hills Community College and the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund has resulted in another addition to the list of affordable homes in Centerville. The latest house built by the IHCC Construction Technology program, located at 721 North Haynes Avenue, will be unveiled to the public on Aug. 3.

This is the sixth home constructed by the IHCC students for the CVRHTF in what Jon Dorman, the Construction Tech program director, says is a win-win situation. “We take an empty lot or non-habitable house and build a beautiful, energy-efficient, low maintenance and affordable house,” Dorman explains. He adds they hope to complete as many as ten houses, or more.

The training the students receive in building the houses, according to Dorman, is extremely valuable. He says, “Whether our students go to work for a construction company, become their own boss or have the knowledge and ability to work on their own residence in the future, they’ll be way ahead.”

There has been lots of interest from potential buyers, according to Noel Gorden, Dean of the IHCC Centerville campus, but the house hasn’t sold yet.

“We are extremely proud of the job the students did on this house,” Gorden says. “They had a great deal of input on the design elements throughout the house. Our Landscape and Turfgrass students helped with laying the sod and doing the landscaping. I am just thrilled with how the project turned out.”

The home on Haynes Avenue will have an open house on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. The public is invited to tour the home and see the impressive work done by the Indian Hills students.

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