Affordable Housing Demonstration: A Case Study, Christian County, Kentucky
Christian County, site of Kentucky's Affordable Housing Demonstration, is located in the southwestern part of the state. Its 69,888 residents live in the third poorest MBA in the nation, which had a median household income in 1980 of $16,238. Robertson-Tomberlin Homes built the demonstration project called Hermitage Hill to appeal to baby boom couples who were renting, as well as singles, older couples whose children had left home, and single-parent families. Begun in 1985, Hermitage Hill is a 21-acre development of 73 single-family detached homes built in two phases. The development offers a two-bedroom model (800 square feet) at $28,000; a three-bedroom model (1,025 square feet) at $32,000; and a four-bedroom model (1,325 square feet) at $37,400. Concrete driveways are a standard feature, as are gas forced-air heat, insulation to TVA standards, double plane wood tilt-in windows, and concrete patios. Variations to typical building practice yielded a savings of $8,886 for the entire project. By December 1985 Hermitage Hill sales were well ahead of construction. Eleven homes were complete, five more had been started, and 29 sales contracts had been signed.
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