For 19 families, the dirt that flew from 10 golden shovels on Saturday will eventually mean hopes realized and dreams come true, said John Paukstis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.
The groundbreaking, staged on three acres at Emory Grove and Strawberry Knoll roads in Gaithersburg, celebrated the start of the nonprofit organizations’s most expensive project yet — building a $4.4 million, 19-townhouse, low-income community called Maple Hill.
“We want to help people who want to live in our community — with hopes and dreams — to have a place to live,” Paukstis said to a crowd of more than 60 people at the groundbreaking.
The nonprofit group will build three three-story buildings with townhouses, each with 1,400 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.
Construction is set to begin this summer and be completed in 18 months, Paukstis said. About 110 applications have been submitted, but residents have not yet been selected.