Ground broke for Cayetano Villas Feb. 10 with the promise of a new affordable housing alternative for both current and future residents of La Vernia.
City officials, Wilson County officials, and a state legislator joined citizens and project developers in the brief groundbreaking ceremony.
Cayetano Villas will comprise three sizable multi-family units, which will be constructed on a 6..51-acre lot on F.M. 1346, next to Grace Bible Church.
La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory said that the affordable rental units will make it easier for businesses to develop or expand in the city, because they will have a place where their employees can afford to live.
“This will be an opportunity for business owners who have a chance to bring people into our community ... to live and play as well,” he said.
Kyndel Bennet, president of the Cayetano development firm, said contractors would begin construction on the $7 million project within 20 days. “It should be open by the end of the year,” he added.
“I’m excited,” La Vernia Councilman Jennifer Moczygemba said. “It’s a good day for La Vernia. We need affordable housing for folks.”
The La Vernia City Council began investigating affordable housing in November 2014.