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Homes and Community Renewal

HCR Breaks Ground on Weld St. Revitalization in Key Rochester Neighborhood

Left to right: Jean Lowe of the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership; Rochester City Council President, Lovely Warren; Carlos Carballada, Director of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester; Tom VanNortwick of HCR; Rochester City Councilmember Carolee Conklin, and Rochester City Councilmember Jacklyn Ortiz.

HCR's Tom VanNortwick, Assistant Commissioner for the Buffalo Region, recently joined Jean Lowe of the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership (GRHP) and Rochester officials to break ground on the revitalization of Weld Street's 100-block in the heart of Rochester's Marketview Heights neighborhood.

HCR awarded the GRHP $495,000 for the project through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Demonstration Program (SNDP), which uses existing resources and partners with local governments to support neighborhood renewal strategies and turn vacant and distressed properties into quality affordable homes for owners and renters.

Funds will help renovate three vacant, distressed homes and construct two new homes on vacant lots, continuing the extensive community development of Marketview Heights, a key neighborhood in Rochester's Focused Investment Strategy. During his time as Rochester Mayor, now Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy spearheaded the initiative as part of his administration's commitment to affordable housing and community renewal.

The homes will incorporate water-use reduction, insulation, and other green building features, and will be affordable to families at or below 90 percent of area median income. Homebuyers will receive pre- and post-purchase counseling at no charge through NeighborWorks Rochester, and the City of Rochester will assist with closing costs, income certification, underwriting of homebuyer, and no-charge counseling. Nothangle Realtors will provide realty services for 6 percent of property sales prices.

The City of Buffalo, with more than 23,000 vacant housing units, was the starting point for the Sustainable Neighborhoods project, and People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo was the first recipient. HCR's investment in and partnership with PUSH has leveraged multiple program resources and private partnerships and helped the organization gain international acclaim for its efforts to rebuild Buffalo neighborhoods.

Last Updated: 07/14/2011