Alethia House breaks ground on new housing development

By WBRC staff

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - For years, the area at 16th Street and 25th Avenue North was eyesore for the Acipco-Finley Neighborhood, but that won't be the case next spring when new homes will sit on the land.

Friday, ground was broken for "The Cottages," a new housing development. The Alteheia House is overseeing the project.  Construction of the homes is set to begin immediately.

Aletheia House is a substance abuse treatment program that provides affordable housing and employment within the recovery plan. "We believe an investment of 3 and a half million dollars can transform what's happening and be a catalyst for great things to come," said Chris Retan, Executive Director of Aletheia House.

Retan said the units should be available come spring.

Jefferson County Commissioner William Bell attended Friday's groundbreaking and said he is just glad to have had a small part in the project.

"We would hope this would become a cookie cutter project for other neighborhoods that don't have hope of anything good coming into their community to let them know something positive can happen," Bell said.