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In January 2007, the FCDC purchased the site known as Catherine Simmons which consisted of an existing aged apartment building and duplex. The original plan was to renovate but later revised to accommodate demolition of the existing property which made way for a new construction project now known as Friendship Gardens.
Ending homelessness one person at a time by producing responsible homeowners and affordable housing.

In July
2012, construction began on Friendship Gardens, a 12 unit multifamily project. The project consists of three buildings with four apartments each. There are four 1-bedroom apartments and 8 two bedroom apartments. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 2013.