Although construction of the fourth Lawrence Habitat for Humanity home at 2709 Harper is only half finished, the agency's board of directors already is pushing ahead with plans for construction of its fifth.
Meeting Thursday night, the Habitat board approved construction plans for a home on land the group purchased from the city at 17th and Harper, said the Rev. John Gingerich, president of the Lawrence Habitat organization. The board also began a fund-raising drive to help finance the home.
Plans for the fifth home were designed by students in the Kansas University School of Architecture working under associate professor Dennis Sanders.
And Lawrence volunteers will have help with construction of the new home. One of 15 groups of Habitat volunteers traveling the country this summer plans to stop in Lawrence and devote a week of labor to the construction.
FRANK PALMER, a representative of Habitat International based in Americus, Ga., attended the local board meeting to settle plans for the out-of-town group to stop in Lawrence and help with the project.
Habitat eventually plans to build 10 housing units in five duplexes on the lot at 17th and Harper. Construction of one of the duplexes will begin this summer.
Meanwhile, ministers from a number of churches in Lawrence were scheduled to don work clothes today to assist with work on the home at 2709 Harper.
Gingerich said construction of that home is about half finished. It is the third built near 27th and Harper and the fourth in the city since the local Habitat chapter started two years ago.
Gingerich said Lawrence Habitat has collected about two-thirds of the money it needs to build the home, but still lacks about $13,000 to finish.
A NUMBER of people once again have volunteered their time and expertise to help with construction of the fourth home, including a licensed electrician and several construction workers.
The ministers planned to help with construction today to demonstrate the ecumenical nature of the work Habitat has undertaken to provide homes for people who need them, Gingerich said.
"We wanted to demonstrate the fact that this program belongs to the whole community," he said.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity was started in early spring 1989.
Habitat builds houses through fund-raising and volunteer labor and sells the homes at no profit and no interest to home buyers who need a place to live.