A completely new energy-efficient cottage now stands in place of a vacant home in Dayton's Westwood neighborhood, marking progress in City of Dayton neighborhood revitalization initiatives. A ribbon-cutting and open house was held on September 25, 2013, to celebrate the new home. The two-bedroom, one-bath cottage at 308 Brooklyn Ave. was built using Universal Design, a building style that accommodates nearly any resident including those who intend to "age in place" rather than relocate. Universal Design includes features such as no-step thresholds, lever door handles and non-slip surfaces. The Brooklyn Avenue property was tax-delinquent and abandoned when acquired by CityWide, the City of Dayton's development partner, in conjunction with Southwest Priority Board Community Development Corporation in November of 2011. The property was purchased using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds awarded to the City of Dayton through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the federal Stimulus bill). CityWide oversaw demolition and construction, which utilized architecture and construction services based in Dayton. In 2008 and 2009, the City of Dayton sought and was awarded more than $25 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization funds, to be used for property acquisition, rehabilitation and demolition, as well as construction of new housing in targeted areas. The Brooklyn Avenue property is currently available for sale at $40,000. For more information, contact Erica Hubler at 937-853-2545, or go to www.liveindayton.org.