Habitat at Windley Point was a collaborative effort between the Village of Islamorada, Monroe County and Habitat for Humanity. Pictured from left: Habitat Vice Chairman and builder Chris Trentine, Monroe County Land Authority Executive Director Charles Pattison, Monroe County Mayor David Rice, Habitat Executive Director Jack Niedbalski and Habitat Chairman Doug Hill.

A partnership between the Village of Islamorada, Monroe County and Habitat for Humanity hit pay dirt last week when ground was broken on a new affordable housing complex on Windley Key at MM 84.7.

“This will be a great project and great opportunity for many of our hard workers in Islamorada and throughout the Keys to have a place to call home or a good place to rent,” said Habitat Director Jack Niedbalski.

Half of the 16 units will be rentals and the other half will be sold to qualified families with a 30-year, interest free loan. This is Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Key’s largest project to date and is expected to open, along with a new Habitat Restore, in about 20 months.

“We already broke ground because our goal is to get this built as quickly as possible because the need is so great,” Niedbalski added.

The event drew close to 100 supporters including elected officials, business leaders and the Habitat Board of Directors, led by Chairman Doug Hill, along with Vice Chair Chris Trentine, who began researching the project about six and a half years ago.

“We all live in the Keys and know it will take longer than we would like, but we also know that since the storm it is more essential than ever,” said Monroe County Mayor David Rice. “This is a wonderful project and we are glad to be apart of it.”

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