Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Families See Blueprint of Their Future HabiJax to Build 100 Homes Next Month in 17 Days at Former Golfbrook Terrace

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Families See Blueprint of Their Future HabiJax to Build 100 Homes Next Month in 17 Days at Former Golfbrook Terrace

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Charles and Toyer Dorsey slipped the rubber band off the blueprint of their new Jacksonville home, rolled open the paper and broke into huge smiles.

What had been a dream until yesterday took an actual shape in the words "living room," "bathroom" and "kitchen" that show up in a drawing of the couple's future three-bedroom home. The Dorseys and 99 families soon to be their new neighbors got a chance yesterday to look at their homes' blueprints and meet the sponsors and builders who will help create a new community in 17 days next month.

The project, known as Fairway Oaks, is HabiJax's most ambitious venture yet to provide affordable housing in Jacksonville. The Oaks will be built beginning Sept. 5 in an area formerly known as Golfbrook Terrace off West 45th Street near Moncrief Road.

"It's wonderful. You know you're halfway there and that's what makes it so real," said Toyer Dorsey, 28, as she looked at the blueprint. "We're going to have a home. A brand new home."

The Dorseys, who have two children and live in a small Northside apartment, gathered with the other families to meet the sponsors, builders and HabiJax officials during a two-hour ceremony at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

HabiJax is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which provides affordable housing through the use of financial contributions and donated labor and materials. About 500 such homes have been built in Jacksonville in the past 11 years, with a goal of 200 this year.

To build Fairway Oaks, HabiJax has partnered with the Northeast Florida Builders Association, whose members are providing expertise and supervision needed to perform the work in less than three weeks. Twenty-six area building companies will be involved. Guest builders will include former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who have helped build about 500 Habitat homes worldwide since 1984.

"It's great that the building community can come together and do this," said Glenn Amerson of Arvida Homes, which is building six homes in the project. …

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