Three tiny homes nearing completion in new affordable housing development in Bartlesville

Posted at 7:10 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 20:11:03-04

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- Construction is progressing on three tiny homes that are part of a larger new development that will be the first of its kind in the state. 

Crews expect to finish the first three homes, which are 554 square feet in size, by the end of the month. The Nehemiah Community Development Corporation, a local nonprofit, launched the project to create more affordable rental housing in the community. 

"It's second-chance housing for those that have barriers that can't get market-rate housing," Arlando Parker with the NCDC said, "so, with that, we were inspired to do these units." 

In addition to the these three units, the first phase of construction will include six more houses being built just like them along Sixth Street in Bartlesville. This phase is expected to be done by August next year. The entire development will have 23 tiny homes by its estimated completion date in 2019, Parker said. 

"They will consist of two-bedroom and three-bedroom units and a center courtyard to bring a community back from the brink," he said. 

The nonprofit has 20 people waiting to find out if they'll be the first ones to move into the homes, which Parker said is exciting to see so much interest. 

"It let us know that the demand is there, and people want to live in this neighborhood," he said. "When I first started, there was a rumor that no one wanted to live on the west side of Bartlesville, and no construction or new construction would be able to survive. But this project has proved different." 

If anyone is interested in living in one of the tiny homes, visit the Nehemiah Community Development Corporation office at 618 S. Elm in Bartlesville.