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BRYAN- The construction of over a dozen new energy efficient homes will start this summer in the city of Bryan.
On Wednesday morning the city of Bryan and Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a new subdivision their calling "Faith."
Melanie Benford-Carson is one of the first homeowners in this new neighborhood and is returning to her stomping grounds.
"Faith subdivision means a lot to me because I have a lot of history here."Benford-Carson said, "I grew up here and I moved away because of how bad the neighborhood was, so I'm coming back and ready to raise my children here."
24 new homes will be build on this land located on the 900 block of East Martin Luther King drive in Bryan.
The Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, Marco Maina says the area was chosen for a reason.
"We believe we would have an impact on the landscape that you see today,"Marco Maina said, "A lot of boarded up houses very bad condition by improving this area. We hope it will pick up and others will follow."
After putting in over 300 hours of sweat equity, Melanie says she's ready to help build her own home.
"It gives you a lot of motivation, because your putting in the hours not getting paid taking off work and the weekends, but in the end you know it will all pay off," Benford-Carson said.
And starting this August it will start to pay off as the construction of the new homes begin.
"By building more homes it could spur some types of development from other builders that could pay attention to this area," Maina said.
Giving Melanie and her family a safe place to call home.
"They will remember the house and know we worked hard for it and it will be ours," Melanie Benford-Carson said.
All 24 homes are set to be completed by June 2014.