THG Blog

The Bellevue Corridor Project

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At the beginning of September we broke ground on our largest project to date, the Bellevue Corridor Project. By the end of November, what was a string of vacant lots on Syracuse's Southwest side, will transform into four new homes and a laundry unit for individuals facing homelessness. 

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Slightly larger than our first five units, the Bellevue Corridor Project homes will be 300 square feet with a couple changes that our current residents have recommended. There will be a small foyer space so that muddy boots and snowy gloves won't end up in the middle of the living room. There will be a larger counter-top in the kitchen space for easier food prep and cooking. And there will be much more space in the bathrooms.

Slightly larger than our first five units, the Bellevue Corridor Project homes will be 300 square feet with a couple changes that our current residents have recommended. There will be a small foyer space so that muddy boots and snowy gloves won't end up in the middle of the living room. There will be a larger counter-top in the kitchen space for easier food prep and cooking. And there will be much more space in the bathrooms.

The homes, located in a flood plain, required that architect, board member, and devoted supporter of THG, Bill Elkins, think outside the box a bit. Instead of a typical basement or concrete slab foundation, we have decided to build on concrete piers and 6" x 6" posts... 

A big thank you to Maxim Construction Services out of East Syracuse for the quick, competent, and donated work. The team dug the holes, installed the tubes, and poured the concrete for all four homes in about a week.  

A big thank you to Maxim Construction Services out of East Syracuse for the quick, competent, and donated work. The team dug the holes, installed the tubes, and poured the concrete for all four homes in about a week.  

That right there is about all the lumber needed for the walls of one tiny home. I really pushed the limits of our little truck and it performed like a champ. 

That right there is about all the lumber needed for the walls of one tiny home. I really pushed the limits of our little truck and it performed like a champ. 

The units all framed up. Once the plumbers and electricians wrap up their work and backfill the pipes and conduit, we can build the floors and get these walls into their permanent home. 

The units all framed up. Once the plumbers and electricians wrap up their work and backfill the pipes and conduit, we can build the floors and get these walls into their permanent home. 

Our work is not possible without the support and tangible help from dozens of people and companies... 

WHAT a group. Students from SUNY ESF, SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College, and a couple good friends of the organization, went to town wrapping up framing one home and the laundry facility. They also built a rock wall with all of the concrete that the excavation unearthed. SO MUCH FUN working with these excited groups.  

WHAT a group. Students from SUNY ESF, SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College, and a couple good friends of the organization, went to town wrapping up framing one home and the laundry facility. They also built a rock wall with all of the concrete that the excavation unearthed. SO MUCH FUN working with these excited groups.  

Difficult, taxing, could-have-been-demoralizing work. But upbeat vibe of every volunteer from the group above made it fun. Really.

Difficult, taxing, could-have-been-demoralizing work. But upbeat vibe of every volunteer from the group above made it fun. Really.

And then there is Dale. Dale, a US Army Veteran, long-time member of the Brady Faith Center, and a self-proclaimed (and proven-to-date) jack-of-all-trades, has become a regular volunteer. First to arrive at the site and last to leave, it has seemed to me as if Dale has been a part of THG since we broke ground on our first properties in March of 2016. His work ethic is unmatched. I am so fortunate to be working next to him. Above he is doing the cooking at our monthly Resident's Dinner. 

And then there is Dale. Dale, a US Army Veteran, long-time member of the Brady Faith Center, and a self-proclaimed (and proven-to-date) jack-of-all-trades, has become a regular volunteer. First to arrive at the site and last to leave, it has seemed to me as if Dale has been a part of THG since we broke ground on our first properties in March of 2016. His work ethic is unmatched. I am so fortunate to be working next to him. Above he is doing the cooking at our monthly Resident's Dinner. 

I love the team that I get to work with every single day.

Thanks for reading all. Please get in touch if you or your group would like to get involved as we progress on the Bellevue Corridor Project. 

-Andrew, Director THG