TAMPA, Florida - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for a new SMART home being built for a wounded Tampa Marine. Sergeant Mike Nicholson lost both his legs and his left arm in an improvised explosive device attack on July 2011 in Afghanistan. He grew up in South Tampa.
Dozens of people, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, attended the ceremony. It was held on the property site, along the 6300 block of Interbay Avenue.
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But the 5,200 square-foot house will be no ordinary one. It's a SMART house, which features a lot of automation that can be controlled with a tablet or smartphone, including lights and the air conditioning. Things such as cabinets and stove tops will also move up and down.
"It can't come fast enough pretty much. It looks great. I'm really excited about it," said Sgt. Nicholson.
It's all made possible by the program Building for America's Bravest, which is a joint effort with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation. Nationwide so far, six of these homes have gone up and eight are under construction.
Proceeds from the Lt. Dan Band Fundraising Concert Friday night at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa, will go toward building the house.
You can go to nicholsonproject.com to track the progress of the construction.