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Modular home helps make KC Land Bank purchase even more affordable

Posted at 4:26 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 17:44:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City program helped one woman turn a vacant lot into a new home for her family. 

"I'm just so happy it's here, I'm happy that the day is here," said Tiarra Soto, who owns the lot and the new home assembled on it. 

After months of searching for her dream home, Soto and her family watched as their new house was moved into place on Tuesday. 

After purchasing a lot from the Kansas City Land Bank, Soto decided a modular home was the way to go. Her home was the first manufactured home to be assembled on a Land Bank lot. 

The Kansas City Land Bank believes modular homes could lead to more people living on the bank lots. 

"What we're finding out is that people just have a hard time getting the dollars they need to rebuild or to build from the ground up on our properties," said John Baccala, Kansas City Land Bank. 

Kansas City still has nearly 3,000 vacant land lots available. The lots range anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The city is hoping families will soon buy up the land and build their forever homes. 

In 30 to 45 days, the Soto family will be able to move into their brand new home. Once they're settled, Soto said it's on to the next project for her. Soto said she is looking to buy the land across the street from her new home, and help build up neighborhoods in Kansas City. 

The Kansas City Land Bank has both commercial and residential land for sale