ST. PETERSBURG, FL – June 30, 2015 – Nearly two years after being relocated, the renovation of one of St. Petersburg’s historic century-old landmark homes has been completed by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and JMC Communities and keys to the home were presented by JMC CEO Mike Cheezem to a local family Monday morning. The home dedication and key presentation for the Everett family took place at on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street South on June 29th with several elected officials in attendance including Pinellas County Commissioners Charlie Justice and Ken Welch and St. Petersburg City Council Members Wengay Newton and Karl Nurse.
The Henry-Bryan House, originally built on the 100 block of 4th Avenue NE, was purchased with adjacent property for the six-story Rowland Place condominium project by St. Petersburg-based condominium developer JMC Communities. Because of its historic designation, Cheezem chose to donate the 1,755 sq. ft. house to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and relocated it to property donated by Augie and Sarah Lind Ribeiro.
The Henry-Bryan House is significant to the city of St. Petersburg because it is a well-preserved example of a Queen Anne Cottage style single family house. JMC covered all expenses associated with moving the historic house, coordinating the relocation with the city of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Preservation.
“It is fitting that the Henry-Bryan House should live on as a nurturing home for a family in St. Petersburg, given its rich history for more than 100 years,” said Cheezem. “JMC is thrilled to present this home to the Everett family and to support the incredible work of Habitat for Humanity in Pinellas County.”
The home’s new owners will be Bradford and Stephania Everett. Everett is a campus minister for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at St. Petersburg College. His wife, Stephania, is a student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. The couple currently resides in south St. Petersburg in a small rental house with their young son. The Everetts said they are honored to have the opportunity to own the historic home and enthusiastic that they will be able to continue living in south St. Petersburg. As part of the Habitat for Humanity program, the couple will purchase the house with a zero-interest mortgage after providing 350 sweat equity volunteer hours on local Habitat home build sites and completing 18 homeowner classes.