YouthBuild Schenectady and Saint-Gobain begin renovation project

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
YouthBuild Schenectady alumnus Yusuf Criss (photo via SEAT)

At an October press conference, the Capital Region Land Bank announced plans to work with YouthBuild Schenectady at Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center and Saint-Gobain to renovate a vacant home at 706 Vale Place in Schenectady. The home at 706 Vale Place is located in the Eastern Avenue neighborhood where building renovations, demolitions and other upgrades are underway.

“Our goal at 706 Vale Place is to transform an eyesore into a sustainable and affordable place for a new family to call home,” said Richard Ruzzo, Chairman of the Capital Region Land Bank and a member of the Schenectady County Legislature. “We are pleased to have the support of the SEAT Center and Saint Gobain for this renovation project.”

Mayor Gary R. McCarthy said, “Through our Home Ownership Made Easy in Schenectady (H.O.M.E.S.) Program and our partnership with the Land Bank, we have seen the significant beginnings of revitalization in our neighborhoods. Now we continue these efforts with a new innovative job training component.”

The renovation of 706 Vale Place project will be designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification, and will be sold to a qualified buyer upon completion.

The 706 Vale Place project will also provide area youth with on-the-job training through YouthBuild Schenectady at SEAT. This project will be the second completed by YouthBuild Schenectady and Saint-Gobain under the national partnership between the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation and YouthBuild USA in support of the youth development program’s national green building and job training program.

The Saint-Gobain family of companies, including its North American construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed, will donate energy-efficient building products to the 706 Vale Place project. In addition, employees from Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed will provide on-site support and mentorship during the renovation work. 

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