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Muskegon Heights sees first new house in over 17 years, as property set to hit market soon

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Janet Robinson, who donated the land, says her family had lived on the property for generations.

For the first time in over seventeen years, construction of a new home in Muskegon Heights is nearly complete, as officials say, the house will hit the market soon.

There hasn't been a new home built in Muskegon Heights since 2006, nearly two decades of stagnant growth in the lakeshore community; however, that all changed this weekend, as officials held an open house for the new property located at 527 E. Hume St.

The new home is through the efforts of construction trades students and their professors from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center who built the house in partnership with local Muskegon Heights non-profit Lake Hawks in Flight and other area organizations.

The site however, comes courtesy of Janet Robinson, a lifelong Muskegon Heights resident whose Grandparents had once lived on the property for decades. After their passing, the house fell into disrepair and had become a blight. Robinson says, that just didn't sit well her, and so she donated the land.

“For Muskegon Heights, this is the first new house in 17 years, and it is amazing,” Robinson said. “So, I am sure my great-grandmother and others are looking down and smiling, because this corner; there is just much history here.”

The new three-bedroom, two-bathroom home comes with an open design, nine-foot ceilings, pocket office, deck, front porch, and garage.

Construction is set to be completed by the end of the month.

Officials say the house will be sold at cost, as no one is looking to make a profit.