April 27, 2017
A coalition of public and private partners came together on April 25, 20127 to break ground for a new residential development in Greenville’s Sterling neighborhood. Leaders from Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Christ Church Episcopal, The City of Greenville, and Homes of Hope broke ground a project that will house 13 families on Jenkins Street in the historic Sterling Community. The development will be known as Joshua’s Way.
Sterling has a very active neighborhood association that has identified the need for more homeownership opportunities and quality affordable rental homes for senior citizens in the community. “Joshua’s Way is a project that we have worked to put together for a long time,” said Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. “This marks a historic project to revitalize the Sterling neighborhood through better housing opportunities.” Joshua’s Way will include six affordable, single-family homes for purchase through Habitat for Humanity's homeownership program, and 7 duplexes for rent to senior citizens, on a parcel located between Dunbar and Jenkins Streets in Sterling. The project represents collaboration among the partners to implement components of the Sterling Neighborhood Master Plan, completed in 2010.
”We are pleased to be a part of this wonderful partnership that is working to create new affordable housing opportunities for residents in the Sterling neighborhood,” said Ginny Stroud, community development administrator for the City of Greenville. “This new development will be supported, in part, with HOME Investment Partnership funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.” Peggy Baxter, a Habitat Greenville board member and a member of the Sterling Land Trust, said one of the main objectives of the master plan is to create more affordable housing that will attract families to the neighborhood. The plan envisioned partnerships between the City, faith groups, non-profits and community members. “This development represents opportunity,” Baxter said.
City Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming, who represents the district that includes the Sterling neighborhood, says Joshua’s Way will help strengthen the Sterling neighborhood and all of Greenville. Flemming was a leader in creation of the affordable housing strategy that City Council adopted in January 2017 along with an appropriation of $2 million to support its implementation. “This project can be a catalyst for the way we partner to address the need for affordable housing in Greenville,” Flemming said.
Construction on Joshua’s Way will begin later this year with completion projected for 2020.