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Five new homes that will sell in the $40,000-$43,000 range will soon be ready for occupancy by qualified, first-time buyers, officials of Area I Community Preservation Corp., 2815 Highland Ave., said Thursday.

The homes, located at 1313 and 1314 Calumet Ave. and 1347, 1327 and 1331 Garden Ave., were toured by officials of the city and the state Affordable Housing Corp. Thursday after a brief ceremony.

Also shown to the public was the $54,000 Centre Court amphitheater recently completed as "a neighborhood-oriented, performing arts center" by the city's Community Development Department with federal block grant money.

Patricia A. James, Area I executive director, said two of the homes have "already been sold and we are accepting applications for the other three." The structures are now in various stages of completion by crews of the Barden & Robeson Corp., general contractor. Financing has been arranged through Norstar
Mortgage Co.

The new amphitheater, constructed by the Scrufari Construction Co. Inc., was designed by the city Engineering Department and can "accommodate dance productions, theater, concerts and ethnic cultural events," officials said.

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