Wednesday, April 28, 2010

NSP Update: new Aurora "deconstruction" project

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Date: April 26, 2010
Media is invited to the kick off of the project at 10 a.m., April 29, at 765 Joliet St. in Aurora
From Destruction to Construction

AURORA, Colo. - Sometimes to create something new, you have to tear down something old. But from that demise, springs hope for a family needing a place to call home.
The city of Aurora’s Community Development Division is providing funds to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver through a state-funded Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP1) grant to acquire and demolish approximately eight foreclosed and blighted residential properties. Habitat will then construct modern, affordable and energy-efficient homes in their places. Construction will take place over the next 12-18 months. These state NSP funded projects are the first of their kind in Aurora.
On April 29, students from Cherry Creek Schools BETA, SWAP and Transitions programs will work under the supervision of Zachary Burnside Deconstruction (ZBD) to deconstruct the house at 765 Joliet Street in Aurora. The Cherry Creek Schools Deconstruction Program was developed based upon the National Center for Craftsmanship model. (Programs described on page 2)

It will take about 30 days to deconstruct the house. Afterwards, Habitat will construct a new home. Students will receive 10 hours of OSHA training and through Workforce Investment Act funds will be paid an hourly wage by Arapahoe County, through the Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center.

The partnership with Cherry Creek Schools is not a standard part of the general NSP grant activities, but was identified as a potentially great way to accomplish a number of goals, some of which extend beyond NSP - such as youth education, job training, and the environmentally friendly practice of deconstruction.

Much of the material removed from the house during deconstruction will be recycled or reused, saving precious landfill space and natural resources. Some of the materials may find their way to Habitat’s home Improvement Outlets. The sale of these materials to the general public will help support Habitat’s on-going efforts to build additional homes. Materials that cannot be diverted from landfills will be disposed of in accordance with all environmental requirements.