Chamber of Commerce buying dilapidated houses, building new homes

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)
Liz Smith (Source: KAIT-TV)
Liz Smith (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Several old, rundown houses in Blytheville will eventually be brand-new homes for purchase.

It's a program called Rebuild, Restore, Renew.

The Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the project this month.

The chamber plans to purchase old, dilapidated houses, demolish them, and then rebuild a new home to sell.

Eventually, Executive Director Liz Smith hopes to designate Rebuild, Restore, Renew regions, showing the chamber will work on every rundown house in the area.

But, that all starts with one.

"At the moment, we've started with one home," Smith said. "We've purchased one house, it sits on two lots so we'll be able to build two houses there. So, we're very excited about it, extremely excited about it."

Smith said they are able to do the project because of the support of their industries.

For example, Nucor initiated the contributions to get the project started.

Now, Smith hopes once they sell the first houses, they'll continue with the next purchase.

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