Shotgun house restoration preserves homes for low-income residents

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Six months ago, the circa 1920s dwelling at 222 Furnish Ave. looked like a goner, with trees and vines expanding via the partitions – no doubt inspired by the mild coming in from the partly collapsed roof.

On Monday, Metropolis Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales (D5) handed the keys to the newly renovated property to its house owners, marking it as the very first good results of the city’s Shotgun Dwelling Task. The final price tag of the repairs is believed at $100,000.

Handing more than the keys to the owners was transferring, Gonzales said.

“I really feel extremely fired up to at last see the project come to fruition,” she stated. “If we can guide proprietor-occupier [homes], I consider it can support lots of people today keep in their homes for generations.”

The initiative, created by the city’s Business office of Historic Preservation, aims to restore and maintain some of the numerous historic and culturally considerable “shotgun” residences, so-termed for their narrow depth. Gonzales secured $250,000 to pilot the project in District 5, deciding on three households from a limited list recognized by OHP, which it culled from an inventory of a lot more than 300 opportunity candidates.

Scientists from the University of Texas at San Antonio are collaborating on the project, to assist demonstrate the cultural, economic and environmental rewards of rehabilitating these modest historic residences.