EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Eyewitness news has teamed up with the Evansville Otters to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity.
It’s called The House the Otters Built sponsored by Eyewitness News.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of the people working to build that house.
We talked to the head Otter about why the team wanted to be involved in this project.
Both the Habitat home and Bosse field, where the otters play, are in the Jacobsville neighborhood.
That neighborhood has been undergoing a re-birth especially after the completion of the $13-million North Main Street Corridor.
The owner of the otters tells me – this is an exciting time for his organization and his neighborhood.
“It seemed like a natural fit that we would do something for our neighbors.”
This is the first-time Otter’s owner bill bussing has gotten involved with habitat for humanity of Evansville – but it probably won’t be the last. This – he says – is just the beginning of a vision he has for development around Evansville’s historic ballpark – much like the development taking place around another well-known historic ballpark in Chicago.
“One of my goals long-term is to try to create that Wrigley Field effect around the ballpark. I mean we play 48 home games a year, but we want to create some energy around Bosse field. To use Bosse field as an anchor for redevelopment, for commercial and residential upgrades. It can be a catalyst, I think.”
One of the ways to get the ball rolling – he says – is by investing in the ballpark’s neighbors. That led to his partnership with habitat for humanity and eyewitness news to build this house on Oregon Street in Evansville. Even more exciting – he says – is the completion of this home will help to build even more habitat homes in the area.
“The realize that habitat homeowners have to actually invest their time and sweat equity as they call it in the building itself, I think was an education for a lot of our staff and I think the more people in the community who realize how habitat works and the fact that the monthly mortgage payments actually help finance additional houses, I think the more that happens the better people will appreciate what habitat does.”
And some of the team’s players actually helped to raise the first wall on that new home.
This story was originally published on July 25, 2019