One neighborhood near downtown Bartlesville will be receiving a face lift as construction of a "Tiny Homes" community is set to begin.
Nehemiah Community Development Corporation will officially break ground and start pouring concrete in late April, however crews will begin to inspect the sight in the coming days.
Nehemiah CEO, Arlando Parker, took on the project months ago, but says the journey began nearly five years ago after members of a local church approached him about the idea.
"Those seniors that where part of a particular church that wanted to stay in the area, there were 62, and they wanted to retire here, but they didn't have any housing so they had to move out of the area," Parker said.
Since being approved, the project has taken life and will add 23 new state-of-the-art units in the neighborhood in order to accommodate those who qualify for government housing.
Robert Grayson has lived on the west side of Bartlesville his entire life and says he's happy to see new development in the area.
"People don't want to own property over on the West side because of the history of crime," Grayson said.
Grayson, who owns multiple lots and a home near the soon-to-be tiny home neighborhood expects the new development to bring a positive change he says the area has been needing for some time.
"It's going to increase the property value over here, it's going to cut down on crime and make the community safer," Grayson said.
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