Land Trust makes dreams come true

Kimberly Wallace, seated left, Kim Johnson of Dodd Title, seated center, and Land Trust president Ca Photo available for purchase

Kimberly Wallace, seated left, Kim Johnson of Dodd Title, seated center, and Land Trust president Carol Barfield gather for the closing on Wallace’s Arizona Street house, together with, standing, from left, Land Trust board members John Sink, Steve Watkins and Cliff Butler.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 03:13 PM.

There is a brand new homeowner in Franklin County this week.

Cliff Butler, a Franklin County Land Trust board member, was flipping through Facebook one afternoon when he saw an entry that disturbed him.

Kimberly Wallace, an employee at Fathoms in Carrabelle, posted that she was losing her rental and needed a home for her dog, Thor. She had been renting a house with the understanding that she had an option to buy. Unbeknownst to her, her landlord had not been paying his note and the house had gone into foreclosure.

Butler said he was touched thinking about his own pet. “My father loves my dog,” said Butler. “I always try to take him with me when I go to visit.”

With that on his mind, Butler contacted Wallace through Facebook to tell her the Franklin County Community Development and Land Trust Corporation might be able to help her keep her family together.

They met to discuss options and Butler told her about a house on Arizona Street in Lanark Village that had been deeded to the county by its owner, the late Roscoe Daly.

County Planner Alan Pierce said the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program paid for repairs to Daly’s home, and since he had no heirs, he had decided to return the house out of gratitude.



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