Make us your home page

Habitat for Humanity builds new subdivision in East Tampa

Construction begins on the first of 15 new Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough homes, a subdivision called Providence Pointe.


Construction begins on the first of 15 new Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough homes, a subdivision called Providence Pointe.

The only sign that something is being built is the cement truck pouring concrete into a foundation and a sign in front of an expansive 3 acres that says "Presenting Providence Pointe." But in 18 months, the now-deserted landscape will be home to 15 new Habitat for Humanity Hills­borough homes.

The organization's new subdivision, Providence Pointe, will be located off U.S. 301 on Radio Lane between the Sabal Park industrial park and Tampa Bypass Canal.

This is the fourth subdivision the nonprofit has built in Hillsborough County, but it almost didn't happen after two county commissioners objected to using taxpayer money to support Providence Pointe after Habitat's last subdivision, Grant Park, had problems with drainage and flooding, according to 2009 transcripts of a county public hearing.

The organization had originally planned for 25 homes in the Radio Lane subdivision but then-Commissioners Kevin White and Jim Norman found problems with the density of the homes compared to the rest of the neighborhood and what effect that would have on drainage problems, according to the transcripts. The county had put an additional $40,000 of taxpayers' money to fix the problems with Grant Park.

In response, Habitat adjusted its proposal to 15 homes with a water retention pond that spans the back of the lots, community relations director Kathy Brogli said.

The organization ended up receiving $465,000 from the county to purchase the 3-acre property and an additional $501,000 from a Community Block Development Grant to build the infrastructure.

Habitat Hillsborough only has enough sponsorships for the construction of the first four homes, Brogli said. The neighborhood could be finished after 12 to 18 months depending on when the organization can find sponsors for remaining homes.

Despite its tumultuous start, Habitat Hillsborough premiered the new subdivision last weekend.

Future homeowner Patricia Ashford and her three daughters were at the construction site to meet the other families and express their gratitude to the nonprofit. She learned in late June that the family would receive the first house in the neighborhood.

"I'm just so grateful to the Lord that I can call anything home," Ashford said. "I'm real grateful to just be a homeowner."

Ashford works as a bus cleaner for Hillsborough Transit. She and her kids have lived in Section 8 housing for the past five years and have moved every year after the homes kept failing inspection.

"I was told I couldn't put up a security light because I wasn't the homeowner," Ashford said. "I couldn't even install a security alarm."

The houses in Providence Pointe will have between two and five bedrooms with two baths depending on family needs. Each will feature an open floor plan, a walk-in master bedroom closet and tile flooring throughout.

The bungalows will be eco-friendly with energy-efficient doors and windows, low-flow faucets and toilets and Whirlpool EnergyStar appliances.

Ashford plans to pick out the exterior colors, a dark brown trim with tan walls, this week. The walls will be raised on Saturday morning at 9, followed by the roof trusses. She said she hopes they will move in within the next eight to 15 weeks.

"I'm just really grateful," Ashford said. "Just thinking about it makes me want to cry."

Habitat homeowners pay $1,500 in closing costs up front and purchase the homes at cost. The average sales price is around $99,000, Brogli said.

Homeowner candidates must have a steady income, decent or repairable credit and the ability to pay a monthly mortgage. They must also have a demonstrated housing need like unsafe conditions, overcrowding or unaffordable rent (more than 30 percent of the income).

Each candidate must also agree to donate 300 hours of "sweat equity" in helping build their own and other's homes.

Biz Carson can be reached at or (813) 661-2441.

Habitat for Humanity builds new subdivision in East Tampa 07/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming


    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]
  2. A sports rout on Wall Street


    NEW YORK — Sporting goods retailers can't shake their losing streak.

  3. Grocery chain Aldi hosting hiring event in Brandon Aug. 24


    BRANDON — German grocery chain Aldi is holding a hiring event for its Brandon store Aug. 24. It is looking to fill store associate, shift manager and manager trainee positions.

  4. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik backs film company pursuing global blockbusters


    TAMPA — Jeff Vinik's latest investment might be coming to a theater near you.

    Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, invested in a new movie company looking to appeal to a global audience. | [Times file photo]
  5. Trigaux: Look to new Inc. 5000 rankings for Tampa Bay's future heavyweights


    There's a whole lotta fast-growing private companies here in Tampa Bay. Odds are good you have not heard of most of them.


    Kyle Taylor, CEO and founder of The Penny Hoarder, fills a glass for his employees this past Wednesday as the young St. Petersburg personal advice business celebrates its landing at No. 25 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country. Taylor, still in his 20s, wins kudos from executive editor Alexis Grant for keeping the firm's culture innovative. The business ranked No. 32 last year. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]