Casa Bonita dedicated



Casa Bonita, as seen from kudzu bluff at rear of property.

Casa Bonita, as seen from kudzu bluff at rear of property.

About 50 people, representing more than a half-dozen agencies involved in development, recently attended the dedication of Casa Bonita housing complex, a 10-unit project, located on Kudzu Road just outside Oneonta.

Building the $1.2-million project, owned and managed by Alabama Non- Profit Housing, involved a partnership among local, state, federal, and out-ofstate agencies to complete the project, which provides quality contemporary house to off-farm agricultural workers.

The project was initiated, according to Javier Morales, in a breakfast meeting at Huddle House between himself and local civic leader Bob Bynum, now deceased. Morales, formerly of Telemon Marketing here, now working in Texas, wrote the original grant request.

These 10 people representing six different agencies stuggled for some seven years to bring Casa Bonita (pretty house) to fruition from scribbles on the back of an envelope to a 10-unit modern housing complex. (From left) Tim Aho, Aho Architects; Javier Morales, board member, Alabama Non-Profit Housing (ANPH); Connie Taylor, U.S Department of Labor; Jacob Rogers, president, ANPH; Ron Davis, USDA rural development state director; Johnnie Hill, president, Florida Non-Profit Housing; Robert Macon, USDA rural development; Christina Cervantes, ANPH board member; Megan Sloan, secretary, ANPH; and Dennis Harris, housing director, Telemon Corporation.

These 10 people representing six different agencies stuggled for some seven years to bring Casa Bonita (pretty house) to fruition from scribbles on the back of an envelope to a 10-unit modern housing complex. (From left) Tim Aho, Aho Architects; Javier Morales, board member, Alabama Non-Profit Housing (ANPH); Connie Taylor, U.S Department of Labor; Jacob Rogers, president, ANPH; Ron Davis, USDA rural development state director; Johnnie Hill, president, Florida Non-Profit Housing; Robert Macon, USDA rural development; Christina Cervantes, ANPH board member; Megan Sloan, secretary, ANPH; and Dennis Harris, housing director, Telemon Corporation.

Construction was completed by a consortium led locally by Jacob Rogers of Alabama Non-Profit Housing, assisted by Florida Non-Profit Housing advisors, working through the USDA rural development program and its state director Ronald Davis.

The development includes four buildings with 10 attractively appointed two- to four-bedroom units. To qualify for partially rent-subsidized units, applicants must make less than 80 percent of the area median income – an adjusted figure of about $36,800 for Blount County.