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Urban Neighborhoods Alliance Renovates Home on North Main

A community development organization has transformed a run-down old triplex into a new two-story family home. KSMU's Kristian Kriner took a tour of the home and reports.

New hardwood floors cover what used to be broken concrete and piles of trash.

Urban Neighborhoods Alliance or UNA is a nonprofit organization that renovates homes in center city Springfield.

This home on 801 north Main is just one example of their work.

UNA's goal in renovating homes is to create affordable housing and revitalize older neighborhoods in Springfield.

Brendan Griesemer is the Neighborhood Conservation Manager for the City of Springfield.

"The great part about what has taken place here is the board took this on full heartedly and today it is exactly what you see, quality housing in our center city neighborhood. And we have to have that to have a thriving city and that is a key component," Griesemer said.

Renovation on this home started over two years ago after it was donated to UNA.

Before its renovation the home was used as a triplex.

Now, it can function as a single family home with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.

Bob Horton is the Executive Director of Urban Neighborhoods Alliance.

"I want it to encourage people to fix up their homes and I want it to really show what can be done with the houses in this area. Even though it is an older housing stock, I think we made it a great house for the couple that is going to purchase this house," Horton said.

The house on north Main has been sold and will close within two weeks.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.