Homes in spokane's west central neighborhood are coming back to life.
The city calls them zombie houses-- they're sitting there-- not really doing anything right now.
Years ago, the houses were moved to make room for a car wash.
But the non-profit that bought them never finished renovating them--- and they sat empty.
Now, those five houses will soon be affordable housing our maher kawash is live with what happens next.
Keith kelley is a spokane property manager.
He's 3 been working to get more affordable homes in spokane.
So about a month and a half ago ... he jumped at the chance to buy this duplex ... this project takes a bit more work than some of his others ... but that doesn't matter to him.
He just wants more housing available in spokane.
Kelley says it needs about 175 thousand dollars to restore ... but in the end two more families will have an affordable place to live.
He expects this property to be finished around spring time ... then people can start applying to move in.
00;43;09"we have a real crisis in our region right now just a lack of inventory ... and strong population growth isn't really helping the cause."10 neighbors are thrilled to see work being done on the property.
They say until last month ... the vacant home was always surrounded by homeless people.
Habitat for humanity also bought two of the other properties in this neighborhood for 88 thousand.
Those will become affordable housing as well.
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