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Home Developers Donate to Their Communities

Four residential development companies active locally have made contributions to the community in recent weeks.

The Corky McMillin Cos., Brookfield Homes, Shea Homes San Diego, and KB Home (formerly Kaufman and Broad) all donated money or materials to local organizations, their officials said.

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s Kids are Worth a Million campaign was the beneficiary of a donation from Brookfield Homes and Corky McMillin. The two firms have raised just under $20,000, said Sandra Perlatti, vice president of marketing for McMillin.

The builders are donating $50 for every home built and sold in the first phase at the Calavera Hills master-planned community in Carlsbad, she said. They eventually plan to raise more than $24,000 for Carlsbad schools when construction is completed of the four inaugural Calavera Hills neighborhoods. The developments will be built out by the end of 2002, she said.

McMillin and Brookfield previously donated $5,000 to the Kids are Worth a Million campaigns.

Shea Homes San Diego recently donated a parcel of land to Valhalla High School in southeast El Cajon. The company, which is developing the Hillsdale Ranch subdivision across the street from the high school, also gave $12,000 for a new marquee sign, said John Vance, community development manager for Shea Homes.

The builder is realigning Hillsdale Road as part of the development process and will re-landscape and expand the school’s parking lot by about 50 spaces.

Shea Homes recently opened model homes and has started sales at Hillsdale Ranch, which will have 126 homes when completed, Vance said.

Restoration of the historic 1890s-era Julia Liffreing House on the Hillsdale property is also planned by the builder.

KB Home teamed up with the San Diego chapter of Habitat for Humanity International on a building supply and tool donation campaign, said Michael Harris, a spokesman for the builder. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization that helps low-income families obtain their own homes.

The donation drive was held Jan. 20 at KB Home’s new offices in Carmel Valley. The drive collected an estimated $60,000 in building supplies, including windows, doors, lumber, paint, cabinets and plumbing fittings. Several of KB Home’s subcontractors donated materials as well, Harris said.

The building materials will be used for an upcoming housing project in Encinitas in which Habitat for Humanity will build six new houses for low-income families.

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