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Lancaster County builders constructing four Habitat homes during two-week blitz

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Ty Pennington is not coming to Lancaster on Monday.

But local builders and volunteers will be engaging in an “extreme makeover” type situation as they build four homes in fewer than two weeks for the Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity as part of the 2014 Home Builders Blitz.

Started in North Carolina in 2002 by custom homebuilder Tom Gipson, a Franklin & Marshall College graduate, the blitz is a national collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. This year’s goal is 300 homes nationwide, beginning Monday.

Lancaster is the first local chapter to participate in the blitz, which starts Monday and will run through June 21. The four homes being built are in the 600 block of Fairview Avenue. The goal is to dedicate the homes and turn over the keys to families on June 22, according to the organization.

Nearly 50 organizations — including 14 local contractors, 15 local and national suppliers, and other area businesses who are donating money, services or providing food to the professionals — are part of the effort, said Stacie Reidenbaugh, executive director of Lancaster Habitat.

“The exciting thing is to see the generosity of our local building community, when everyone comes together for a common cause,” she said.

Warfel Construction Co. and EG Stoltzfus are leading the charge on the building side, along with the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, which has 470 members.

“We’d love to see more projects like this happen,” said Pauline Wilton, BIA’s director of member services.

Each of the Lancaster homes will have about 990 square feet of living space. They will be about 1,600 square feet in all, Reidenbaugh said. The qualified homeowners will be purchasing these energy-efficient properties for about $128,000.

Lancaster Habitat hopes to repeat the local effort and possibly expand the collaboration across the region.

“If the builders are pleased with the results, we will engage in another builders blitz,” Reidenbaugh said.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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