Officials controlling the application process for three affordable housing units in Southampton Village have extended the deadline to apply.
“We had a smaller response than we expected,” said Village Administrator Stephen Funsch. “We felt there wasn’t enough information out there, so we are generating a little more interest in it and giving people a little more time.”
All applications for the houses, which will be built on Bailey Road, are now due by August 15, two weeks after the original July 31 deadline.
The three houses have been on the village agenda on and off since 2001, when three adjacent properties, totaling 1.5 acres, were seized by village officials for nonpayment of taxes. Now the plan to create housing is moving forward, with construction slated to begin in October.
The houses will be bungalow-style homes consistent with the surrounding neighborhood. They will be two-story, three-bedroom and two-bathroom homes with cedar shingles and asphalt roofing. Each will sit on approximately one-half acre of land and will be roughly 1,612 square feet.
To be eligible for the lottery, first-time home buyers must have an annual income that doesn’t exceed certain levels; those levels vary depending on family size. Applicants also must be able to qualify for a mortgage.
Construction, which will be undertaken by H.F. Swanson, Koral Bros. Inc. and Ironwood Construction, is slated to be completed by the spring or summer of 2014. Residents are expected to be able to move in shortly after.
When the winners of the lottery are announced will depend on how many applications are submitted, Village Mayor Mark Epley said. Special consideration will be given to firefighters, other emergency workers and veterans who live or work in the village. He added that lottery winners will still have to qualify for mortgages. Once the bank approves their loan, construction will begin.