OSWEGO, NY – A dozen volunteers from Oswego Laborers Local 633 and the Central and Northern NY Building Trades Council members, jumped in with both feet on the morning of May 13 to transform a tax-foreclosed property into a new starter home for a lucky family in Oswego.
The Laborers volunteers stripped everything to the studs May 13 and and finished up on May 14, before the next phase begins on this old house located at 277 Maple St. in Oswego’s Seventh Ward.
Pat Carroll, business manager, and Tim Rice, business representative, United Association Plumbers and Fitters Local 73, organized the CNNYBTC by rallying union members to take on the first house for the Oswego City Revitalization as a demonstration to improve Oswego neighborhoods.
The work began with a design by rehab specialist Jonathan Boo to transform the small house into a starter home for a small family.
The volunteers came from the Laborers Local 633 for the startup demolition.
Members from the UA Plumbers and Fitters Local 73, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Heat & Frost Insulators #30, Bricklayers Local #2, and Roofers Local 195 will join in later phases.
The Building Trades volunteers are providing donated labor to close the gap between available funds and the total cost to rehabilitate the house.
Burke’s Home Center donated materials at cost for the demolition for the Oswego City Revitalization project.
The Oswego City Revitalization Corporation proposed the Rehab and Resell Program to the Common Council in 2011.
In 2012, the city sold the property to the OCRC. A Rehabilitation Fund for two properties was allocated by the Oswego Loan Review Board in 2011.
The house at 277 Maple St. is targeted for sale in fall 2013.
The New York Housing and Community Renewal agency awarded the city of Oswego a $300,000 Small Cities Block Grant to fund its fourth Affordable Home Ownership Program.
The AHOP will help 11 families buy their first home.
The Community Development Office is now accepting applications for the program.
Contact Kathy Miano at 343-3795 or go to the Community Development website at http://www.oswegony.org/DEPT_hop.html for more information.