73 QUARTERLINE, NEWAYGO
73 Quarterline is more than just an address. It was an abandoned home and an eyesore for the City of Newaygo. The city purchased the property from the county for the price of delinquent taxes, with demolition in mind as a likely option for removal of the blight. The Center for Nonprofit Housing Homebuyer Program had previously invested federal, state and local funds into this pivotal downtown neighborhood through rehabilitation of twelve homes and demolition of two homes within a five block vicinity. When 73 Quarterline became available, CNH saw the potential to redeem this home as an asset for the neighborhood. After purchasing the property, CNH staff filled a 20-yard dumpster with debris left behind to make way for the contractors. Major renovations of this structure transformed it into a beautiful, energy efficient and safe home, ready to be filled with children’s laughter once again.
The impact of the CNH homebuyer program reaches far beyond the single family purchasing the home. Local contractors are employed to complete the work, the city benefits from increased tax revenue, local lenders and title companies benefit from the purchase, and the community has fewer vacancies. Creating healthy neighborhoods is one aspect of developing vibrant communities, which CNH has been committed to this endeavour for the past 18 years. Other CNH initiatives include rental rehab projects, blight elimination, transitional housing and creating neighborhood associations.