LAYTON -- High school home-builders will soon hammer nails, put up walls and install floors in another neighborhood.
Layton High School students, under the direction of carpentry teacher Jeff Kidder, are currently close to finishing their fourth home on Golden Avenue.
And up next, a pair of plots on Weaver Lane.
The construction is part of a yearlong class that has the high school students build a home, which is later purchased at a discounted price by someone who works in public service.
"We're actually ahead of schedule by about two or three weeks," Kidder said.
Layton city staff will decide who gets to buy the house.
"We're taking applications for that house, and now that the program has been so successful, we're continuing it over, at least for the next two years," said Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist.
This will be the fifth house built by Kidder's classes. His students built two homes on Golden Avenue, then another for a private Realtor in a different part of Layton.
For the past two years, they have returned to Golden Avenue to build two more homes.
The four homes on Golden Avenue are part of a program in which the city buys the land with money from a Community Development Block Grant.
Kidder said this year's class, with 24 students, is twice the size of the class the first year the students built a home.
"As a whole, because of the help from Layton city, the program has grown," Kidder said. "We have a lot of students interested, which has its pros and cons. It's a little harder to manage the crew."
Kidder bought the first house on Golden Avenue, while two Layton police officers purchased the next two. With the fourth house near completion, Golden Avenue has run out of places for new homes.
On Tuesday, the city's planning commission approved a rezone request for a 0.73-acre property at approximately 175 W. Weaver Lane.
That piece of land is no longer set aside for agricultural use.
"Part of the land there was used for the Layton Parkway project," Hart said. "But there is a part left over."
That part will be divided into two plots and used by the high school students during the next two school years.
The rezone request will be brought before the city council March 1.
"Whoever is able to get these next two houses will get homes in a good family neighborhood," Hart said.
The application deadline is March 31. City staff will decide who will purchase the house in April and make that announcement by April 30.