Edmond homes may get energy upgrades

Turning Point Ministries was featured in the Daily Oklahoman on May 23, 2009, in Diana Baldwin’s article, “Edmond homes may get energy upgrades: Project Expands To Nearby Properties.”

EDMOND — Rental property adjacent to Legacy Station, a low-cost home project near downtown Edmond, may get $50,000 in energy improvements compliments of federal stimulus money.

Shannon Entz, Edmond’s Community Development Block Grant coordinator, said about 10 homes adjacent to the new Legacy Station homes have been identified for rehabilitation or weatherization improvements.

Edmond homes may get energy upgrades

Edmond is expected to receive two federal stimulus grants totaling $225,567. City officials propose spending $50,000 of that money on the adjacent rental property.

The remainder of the money, $175,567, will go to build the infrastructure for Legacy Station, a joint project of the city of Edmond and Turning Point Ministries.

The new single-family and duplex homes will be built between Edwards and Thatcher and west of Broadway. The lots were purchased by Turning Point Ministries, a nonprofit ministry that assists in the housing needs of those in Edmond living in substandard conditions.

Turning Point will build the three- and four-bedroom homes with two baths and single-car garages. The homes will be between 1,110 and 1,300 square feet.

The homebuyers will meet Department of Housing and Urban Development income limits, must attend homebuyer education classes and invest in sweat equity.

Planning commissioners this week approved the preliminary plat for Legacy Station. City council members will make a final decision on the preliminary plat June 8.

For the adjacent rental property, low-interest loans will be offered to the property owners to add energy upgrades, such as geothermal heating and cooling units, low-e windows, insulation, caulking and Energy Star fixtures and appliances.

Each home will be inspected and tested for lead-based paint and any other hazardous or unsafe conditions, Entz said.
City council members will hold a public hearing Tuesday and are considering amending this year’s Community Development Block Grant Action Plan to include the stimulus money and projects.

They meet at 5:30 p.m. at 20 S Littler Ave.

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Edmond group helps make room for low-cost homes

Turning Point Ministries was featured in the Daily Oklahoman on May 16, 2009, in Diana Baldwin’s article, “Edmond group helps make room for low-cost homes.”

EDMOND — An old, rundown area of Edmond is changing.

Two tiny houses, in need of serious repair, are coming down as a part of plans to build Legacy Station, a housing addition with 13 new, low-cost homes, said Bob Turner, president of Turning Point Ministries.

The new homes, to be built between Edwards and Thatcher and west of Broadway, are possible through a partnership with the city of Edmond and Turning Point Ministries.

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Turning Point Ministries, a nonprofit organization that assists in the housing needs of those in Edmond living in sub-standard conditions, has purchased the 12 lots with additional space for a playgroud.

Edmond city officials have been promised almost $175,000 in federal stimulus money that they plan to spend to improve the infrastructure to make way for the new homes.

Water and sewer lines will be replaced and extended, and a street will be installed so the 13 owner-occupied homes can be built, said Shannon Entz, the community block grant coordinator.

Turning Point will build the three- and four-bedroom homes with two baths and single-car garages. The homes will be between 1,100 and 1,300 square feet, Turner said.

“It is great to see what can happen in this area and how it will affect people’s lives,” he said. “It gives a foundation of responsibility and well-being.
“We will improve an area in the community that isn’t going anywhere.”
Habitat for Humanity has received five applications for houses in Legacy Station. Two of the applicants have already been approved, Turner said.
Turner hopes construction will begin in late September or early October. He said they will start on two or three houses first. He anticipates a house can be constructed in five or six weeks.

Habitat for Humanity hasn’t built much in Edmond because of the high cost of land in the community. That is where Turning Point Ministries comes into play by buying the lots, Turner said.

The ministry is in its second year.

A house in Legacy Station that was going to be torn down was given to a tornado victim.

The house was in fair condition, but needed repairs and did not fit into the plans for the new housing addition, Turner said.

In addition to buying the lots, the ministry purchased a step-up home on N Broadway. Turner said the three-bedroom home was leased to a Section 8 client — a single mother with three children.

One of the children is deaf and needs services available at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The ministry also has purchased two lots in Edmond where Habitat homes were built last year.

The group has purchased a storage facility to warehouse donated furniture and appliances that will be given to Edmond people in need.
How to help

Anyone wanting to donate or volunteer with the ministry can call 405-818-6264.