by Roma Vivas
ODESSA- The new subdivision at the intersection of Fitch and Laredo will feature homes that are eco-friendly, but for all the talk of going green, these houses aren't going to cost much green.
Monday's ground breaking had a special significance for Odessa.
"It's more energy efficient and it's environment friendly and it's really the way construction is going right now," Odessa Program Manager Merita Sandoval, said.
Finally, several months of planning and blueprints are being transformed into a reality of shovels, hard hats and soon family homes. The city donated the land.
"It's streets, sidewalks, sewer lines, water lines, because none of that stuff is on the land, it's just a big vacant piece of land," Sandoval said.
And construction is planned to start in a couple of weeks and should take 18 months to wrap up the project. The city is ready to give an extra push for families that need help buying a home.
"Families that earn 80% of the meaning income or less, we can provide them if they income qualify for up to 20,000 dollars as their down payment and up to 4.000 for their closing cost," Sandoval said.