New affordable housing development in Wytheville built with veterans in mind

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Work on a one-of-a-kind neighborhood is almost finished in Wytheville.

Developers plan to make it one of the nation's most patriotic communities by filling it with military veterans.

Freedom Lane started as a thought from the director of the Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority that just stuck.

It is one of the very few affordable housing communities in the United States built with veterans in mind.

Perfection is what's expected in the military and what this crew plans to deliver for the people who will soon live here.

"Veterans should not be without a home. No way. That's just not acceptable," said Randy Martin, the Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority's executive director.

This is a community unlike any other. Workers are putting final touches on 24 new apartments in Freedom Lane, each one on one level and many handicap accessible.

"Everything in the rent is included except the electric," Martin said.

An open floor plan features a roomy kitchen and living area in one or two bedrooms units with large closets and bathrooms. Rent runs anywhere from 399 to 500 dollars a month.

"I think everything you'll see in these houses are very modern. Including the design. It's a very unique design. Board and Batten you just don't see that too much on houses, especially affordable housing," Martin said.

Plans began five years ago on a five million dollar neighborhood catered to military veterans that's affordable. Martin says there is homeless veteran population in Southwest Virginia his agency wants to help. This is a project close to his heart.

"My dad was a P.O.W. and a World War Two veteran and I think he'd be proud of it. It's very personal to me," Martin said.

The housing authority is reviewing applications now and plan to start filling these homes with veterans or other people in need by the first of August. Interested people have to qualify for the affordable housing community.