New developer to construct duplex for individuals with disabilities at former Betzstone Park | Enterprise Information

MANSFIELD ─ The board of directors of Richland County Land Bank voted Wednesday to move Betzstone Park to Chauncey Holt, paving the way for the new developer to build their first rental homes in Mansfield.

The property, located at 99 Betzstone Drive, is approximately 0.37 acres, according to the land bank. It was one of 10 unused parks the City of Mansfield donated to the organization in October.

At a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the land bank approved the transfer of Betzstone Park to Holt for $ 1,000 plus the admission fee.

Holt said he recently moved to Mansfield from Nevada with his wife Mallory and three young daughters. He said the family came here to visit and were delighted with what they saw in the community, including the land bank’s resuscitation efforts.

The couple plan to build a three-bedroom maisonette on the property, Holt said, and begin construction in the first quarter of next year.

The developer said it wants to build rental homes that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and work with local organizations that focus on the area and find the tenants.

The Betzstone project will show what types of houses they want to build, Holt said, and help build relationships with existing businesses and groups.

“When I was driving around town doing research on Mansfield… there were a lot of different individual landlords. I think there is a lot of competition in the regular rental market, ”said Holt.

“And I think this is an underserved market (ADA compliant housing). We can provide some living space and meet a need. “

In addition, the Landbank agreed to sell the Belmont Community Church’s salvage rights to seven playground equipment in Hamilton and Betzstone Parks for $ 1,000.

Amy Hamrick, the land bank manager, said the church plans to move the equipment across from their location on Belmont Avenue. The church also owns this parcel and wants to create a new park there.

Hamrick said the project would benefit the community as nearby Julia Underhill and Hamilton parks are about to close.

The board also approved the transfer of two parcels of land on Longview Avenue to the North End Community Improvement Collaborative on Wednesday for $ 500 plus the admission fee.

Deanna West-Torrence, founder and chief executive officer of NECIC, told Richland Source that the organization had put together packages for their affordable housing project in the area.

She said NECIC had been working with consultants to move the project forward but was unwilling to share any further information.

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