Thursday, June 18, 2009

Aurora's Neighborhood Stabilization Program is up and running

Aurora has been the first to finish purchasing and rehabilitating properties as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program is designed to help local governments rehabilitate and sell abandoned, foreclosed and vacancy properties as a part of neighborhood revitalization.

As part of our tour, we visited the four houses profiled below. Each was in different stages of rehabilitation. All of the houses were within 20 blocks or so of Downtown Aurora, where the tour originated at Colfax and Elmira.

The purchase price of homes paid by the city varies considerably from about $30,000 to about $130,000.

On Monday, June 15, the City of Aurora hosted a bus tour of properties rehabilitated and prepared for re-sale through the neighborhood stabilization program. Staff from the Department of local affairs attended including E.D. Susan Kirkpatrick, Acting Director of the Div. of Housing, Teresa Duran, and NSP program manager Lynn Shine. Mike Rosser of the State Housing Board also attended.

Click on each photo for the full-size version.

Our hosts were Joseph Garcia and the highly knowledgeable staff of the City of Aurora:

This first house was at at the 2300 block near the southern border of old Stapleton. It is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with a crawl space:

It has a garage behind:

Note the old interior that is to be rehabilitated:

Here's the bathroom that has been winterized:

Note that a new sewer line has been installed in the back as part of the rehabilitation:

The second house was also at the 2300 block near old Stapleton. It is also a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with a crawl space:

A new sewer line has also been installed at this house:

This bathroom has also been winterized until construction can begin:

Some minor construction work has already begun:

This house on the 2000 block is already experiencing major construction. It is a 3bedroom, 1 bath with a fourth bedroom (or an office) on the back of the house. It also has a crawl space:

At this house, numerous old additions must be reworked to allow for the building to conform to code and to be marketable. A hallway must be constructed:

At left, you can see an old addition (in darker color) that was not built to code and will soon be removed.

This house at the 2200 block of Iola is finished and ready to be sold to pre-qualified buyers. It is a 5 bedroom, 2 bath house. The basement contains 2 of the bedrooms and the second bathroom:

The back door:

The newly built garage:

Both basement bedrooms now have egress windows like these:

The new kitchen and main floor bathroom:

This is just a portion of what the city has been working on. We hope to provide you more information as other cities and counties work on their own NSP projects.

---R McMaken