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Tradition Ready To Build Homes

Faye McManus once had a home that overlooked Gulfport's Small Craft Harbor. And then Katrina made an unwanted visit.

"It doesn't exist," Mrs. McManus said, referring to her home. "It's all gone."

So, she moved to Houston, and camped out with her children. Tradition brought her back to Harrison County.

"I wanted to come back home," she said.

In the Tradition sales office, McManus is known as reservation number 108. On Friday, she picked up plans to build a two bedroom, two bath home on one of the bluffs hidden in the 4,600 acre property.

"I feel so fortunate to have something to look forward to like a new home and a new start," she said.

The master planned community she's moving to was first proposed in 1999. A groundbreaking ceremony celebrated a new water and sewer agreement that formally gave contractors the ability to move forward with Tradition's construction.

Gerald Blessey heads up the Tradition project.

"As you know, this is a traditional neighborhood development," Blessey said.

The 4,600 acre project will have homes and shops, as well as churches and walking paths all mixed together.

Connie Rockco will represent Tradition residents at supervisor meetings.

"It's just a unique community that will service all types of people," she boasted.

Tradition caught Becky Montgomery's attention. She sits on its water and sewer board. She's also reservation number 20.

"There is a shortage of housing on the coast," Montgomery noted. "I think this offers an alternative for those who are looking for something brighter and something that will make the future better."

Tradition developers expect their first neighbors to move in this December. So, Faye McManus should be opening Christmas presents in her brand new living room.

"I think it's going to be great," she said.

Tradition has come up with a way to make part of the master planned community more affordable. Developers are going to put 10 percent of their profits into an affordable housing foundation. That money is supposed to provide loan assistance for working families who want to buy a new home.

by Brad Kessie

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