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Local homebuilders fill in the gaps, creating small, affordable Tucson housing communities

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Pepper Viner recently got permission to rezone the former Corbett Elementary School at 5949 E. 29th St. for a 71-home community. / Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

By Gabriela Rico | Arizona Daily Star

As new-home prices continue to rise, local homebuilders are filling in the gaps, creating small housing communities in pockets around Tucson and helping keep the cost of new homes affordable.

While most national homebuilders want large swaths of lands to create master-planned developments, local builders are eyeing infill opportunities on vacant lots and at shuttered schools to create communities in existing neighborhoods.

“To be able to refresh these abandoned sites is a source of pride for us,” said Steve Crawford, chief operating officer for Pepper Viner Homes. “Since they’re in an established neighborhood, you can’t just plunk down a movie theater, for example.”

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