Project Hope home nearly finished

NILES — The Avenue and Main is finalizing work on a Niles two-story house on Cedar Street.

With only interior work left to be completed by the end of the year, the Avenue and Main Inc. will have finished the first of four planned home renovations and upgrades in the city as part of Project HOPE — Home Ownership Provides Everyone HOPE.

The program aims to clean up blighted properties while also helping struggling families to purchase a new home.

Jeff Crowley and Rich Hale, both project coordinators with Avenue and Main, said the project began in April 2017 and will be completed by late 2018.

“The outside of the house is done with a new roof, siding, windows, sidewalk, driveway and garage,” Crowley said.

The house was donated to Avenue and Main by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. Avenue and Main raised $55,000 for improvements as part of Project HOPE homeownership program.

Crowley said plans are to sell the house to a homeowner at 80 percent of the appraisal value.

“When we first got the home, it needed totally redone,” he said.

The home has eight rooms, which were all remodeled along with repairs to the plumbing, electrical and cooling systems.

Crowley said this is the first house done by Avenue and Main, which has a goal to complete one house in each of the city’s four wards.

“We want to spur on homeownership and help local families,” he said.

Hale said Avenue and Main wanted to help restore it as opposed to having it demolished.

“It was set to be demolished and we wanted to help make it a home for someone,” he said.

Crowley said many vendors have worked at no cost or at discounted prices on the project.

He said many donations helped with the project including $35,000 from the Cafaro Foundation, $10,000 from Home Federal Savings and Loan, $16,500 from Warren Area Board of Realtors and $10,000 in donated materials from Carter Lumber.

A sign outside the house lists all the donors and contributors.

In addition to Crowley and Hale, Jason Altobelli of Niles was also a project coordinator.

Crowley said once the house is finished the goal is to have someone living there by spring 2019.

“We are very pleased at the work that has been done. The house was foreclosed on and basically was condemned for demolition. It will soon be a home for a family,” he said.

“It will be nice to have it finished and someone living here,” Hale said.

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