129 Chenango was donated in early 2007 by the estate of Ann McQuestions, to help PUSH fulfill the mission to decrease the rate of housing abandonment by reclaiming empty houses and redeveloping them for occupancy of low-income residents.
The future tenants of 129 Chenango will participate in a savings program that will assist them to become first-time home owners. In order to help educate on what it means to own your own home, PUSH uses the Housing Cooperative model which entails sharing responsibilities of maintenance and 'ownership' of the house. To help the tenants save, PUSH will put $75 each month into an escrow account. The tenants will be participating in The First Home Club, which will quadruple their savings up to $7,500 if it is used towards a down payment on a home.
Architect, Kevin Connors of eco_logic STUDIO, was hired to design the plans for the new apartments. His and PUSH's goal was to make 129 Chenango as energy efficient and green as fiscally possible. Luckily, we had donors who would help us in this initial extra cost. [Thank you Monica Angle and Sam Magavern!] Now our future tenants will save additional monies due to the energy efficiency of the house.
To help fulfill PUSH's commitment to the reduction of poverty in and the redevelopment of the West Side, the PUSH crew was hired locally, many of them young people. They came with varying levels of experience and skill and had constant on the job training. Our Construction Manager, Eddie Egriu, shared his vast skills and experiences to help them complete the job. They all worked tremendously hard and without them, there would be no 129 Chenango.
Many individuals and organizations have volunteered and helped our crew. The Plumbers & Steamfitters Local #22 and Cement Masons Local #111 came and used 129 Chenango as a training site for their apprentices. Ferguson Enterprises has donated much of the plumbing supplies.
We thank all for their help and assistance in helping rebuild the West Side.
Posted on Tue, April 15, 2008