Luminest brings “affordable housing” to Waynesboro

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Local officials attend a ribbon-cutting at a new housing project on Second Street. PROVIDED PHOTO

WAYNESBORO-Two homes that were once blighted eyesores in the Borough of Waynesboro have been redeveloped into “affordable housing” for prospective first-time buyers.

Luminest Community Development purchased the blighted properties at 242-246 W. Second St. from the borough in 2019.

Luminest constructed two two-story, three-bedroom homes designed to match the neighborhood’s existing styling.

The two homes will be sold to perspective buyers below 80% area median income.  Buyers will be offered down payment and closing cost assistance. 

The location is perfect for young families, according to planners, with schools, churches, restaurants, grocery store and medical providers either within walking distance or a short drive.

“We’re so excited to bring more affordable housing to Franklin County,” said Bonnie Zehler, executive director of Luminest.  “The opportunity to bring homeownership to the Borough of Waynesboro is a great asset to this neighborhood.  This project had support from the community and we’re thankful for the teams of people who helped us get it done.”

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