Agencies team up for success story
By Chris Buckley
Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
When an open house for the latest Rehab for Resale home is held later this month, it will mark the latest success in the program that is creating good, affordable homes in Charleroi.
The open house will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at 609 Seventh St. Those attending will have the opportunity to tour the home, which boasts three bedrooms, two full baths, a maple kitchen and hardwood floors. The event will be held jointly by the Charleroi Community Development Corporation and the Mon Valley Initiative.
MVI and GCCDC jointly secured Neighborhood Stabilization Program grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the guidance of the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County to fund the project.
The project team also includes Lami Grubb Architects, Taylor Construction, Dundee Construction and the MVI Housing & Real Estate Development department.
GCCDC is a nonprofit community development group composed of volunteers who live and work in Charleroi, and who have an interest in improving the community.
MVI staff and GCCDC members will be on-site at the open house to answer questions about the homes and to provide education for home buyers.
The agencies are also overseeing a project at 203 Prospect Ave. which is under renovation and should be completed by the end of the month.
Interested buyers who come to the open house can view 203 Prospect Ave. as well.
The two houses are the latest successes for the program being conducted by MVI and the local CDC.
Within the last year, 203½ Meadow Ave., 711 Shady Ave., 627 First St., 809 Meadow Ave. and 802 Second St. were all purchased, rehabilitated and sold to buyers. The proceeds of these sales were used to buy the latest homes.
MVI spokeswoman Mandie Radich said three out of five sold during open houses and the other two were subsequently sold.
“The program has been a success because they are homes that are very high-quality,” Radich said. “The construction teams do a very good job for the integrity of house and integrity of the community.”
Radich said the key to the program's success is the work done by the Charleroi CDC, whose members identify areas in the community where homes can and should be upgraded. They also help market the homes for sale after they are rehabilitated.
“People are also looking for quality affordable houses and we provide that,” Radich said. “The CDC targets houses they think are important to rehab, what areas important to community.”
That is especially key to the program's success because MVI is based in Homestead. Thus MVI officials count on CDC volunteers, who are based in the community.
Radich said the cooperation of borough leaders is also key.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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