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Habitat to begin building Vail Valley duplexes

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties will break ground on two duplexes at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hollow in Edwards in Colorado’s Vail Valley. This event is open to the public.

The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction season, which also means volunteer season at Habitat for Humanity. Builders, church groups, corporate groups, and individual volunteers will be working side by side with the soon-to-be homeowners to create these four new homes.

“At Habitat, we don’t give homes away,” says Stacey Nibbelink, vice president of the Habitat for Humanity board of directors said. “We make it affordable and we do this through our community that supports Habitat’s mission.”

Albert Quintana, president of Icon Excavating, will donate the excavation services for both of these buildings.

“The Vail Valley has been good to me over the years and I can only hope that we can be of use to our community and by working together we can achieve hope of a better life for many more families,” Quintana said.

The four families who will move into the homes must fulfill their “sweat equity” requirements – 250 hours per adult family member. These families are selected based on their willingness to partner with Habitat and the local community, as well as their need and ability to pay an interest free mortgage.

Two local professional builders will support the project management of these two buildings from start to finish: Boles Construction and George Shaeffer Construction Company. They will guide Habitat in every aspect of construction from helping prepare the project timeline to coordinating subcontractors. The builders contribute more than 10 hours each week.

Once excavation and foundation work are complete, several weeks of framing will keep all volunteers busy. Volunteers of all skill levels can help with insulation, electrical rough in, installation of windows and exterior siding. Volunteers who are not familiar with the process will be taught.

For more information, contact Kalie Palmer at kalie@habitatvailvalley.org or c970-748-6718. To volunteer on-line go to http://www.HabitatVailValley.org.

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