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Rebuilding In Flood Prone Areas Means Looking Up

High above the ground over Switzer Road workers are putting together Parkview Place. Board by board, the duplexes go up nine feet above the slab. 

"The reason we did that is so we could afford parking. We'll have parking underneath and use some space, probably could've eliminated about four feet of height on most of these buildings," developer Tom Easter says.

The higher homes are replacing 16 ground level houses that all flooded during the storm. Easter says they thought about remodeling those, but with five to eleven feet of water here, he doesn't want to take any chances.  

"Nine foot above the slab. So think about that, we have double cost now. We have a slab to park on which would've been the floor had I built on grade. I've built a platform floor so I have double the cost, but we were insured with flood insurance and there's some incentives for us to build up."

There will be eight duplexes with a total of 16 individual homes. So is building up going to be the trend of the housing market? Easter says think of the old real estate motto: location, location, location.

"If I'm in a six foot elevation, which the front of this property is, six or seven feet above sea level, I'm going to have to build high or I'm not going to build on the property. It's going to depend upon where the land is."

Easter says it will be about two months before the first of these buildings will be finished. All are already sold at a cost of $110,000.

by Marcia Hill

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