YouthBuild students in Schenectady improve their community and themselves

Young builders complete high-tech house on Prospect Street

May 2, 2019

BY JOHN CROPLEY, The Daily Gazette
Photo by  MARC SCHULTZ, Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY — The first new house built in decades in the Eastern Avenue corridor is complete after 18 months of work by young adults who built themselves up in the process.

The handsome one-family structure at 99 Prospect St. is a marvel of both energy efficiency and cooperation: 52 students have worked on the project since Oct. 17, 2017, with help from multiple agencies and private-industry partners.

Prospect was barricaded to traffic Wednesday morning as more than a hundred people crowded the street for the ribbon-cutting.

Mayor Gary McCarthy hailed the project for its impact on the once-blighted property, the neighborhood, and the dozens of students who learned life skills and job skills on the site.

“It’s producing transformational products. It doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by so many of the people that are here, so many of the people in the community, stepping up and working together to make these things happen.”

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