Preservation of housing stock remains a concern for our neighborhood. As a result, UNPA has set aside funds specifically to support and partner with not-for-profit housing organizations, such as Home HeadQuarters and Empire Housing, to acquire and rehabilitate distressed properties.
Babcock-Shattuck House Restoration
UNPA completed a $1.45 million Babcock-Shattuck House Renovation at 2004 East Genesee Street, a long vacant National Register-listed structure, into four (4) condominium units In 2015. Since then, two units have been sold and two are rented.
Grants received for the project include $200,000 from the NYS Preservation League for exterior work and $10,000 from the John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust for site improvements. UNPA has invested more than $340,000 in the project. Home HeadQuarters provided a loan for this effort.
Budget: $1.45 million
Partner: Home HeadQuarters
The Gustav Stickley house, located in the Westcott neighborhood on 438 Columbus Avenue was the home of Gustav Stickley, famous designer and furniture maker. Stickley is known as the father of the American Arts and Craftsman movement. The house is the first known fully developed Craftsman interior home in the United States.
In 2016, UNPA took ownership of 438 Columbus Avenue, to manage exterior renovations: foundation and roof repair, asbestos removal, porch restoration, painting, and window restoration. The Gustav Stickley House Foundation was formed to raise funds to complete the remaining phases of the project. For more information visit the Gustav Stickley House Foundation website.
Other non-profit partners are aiding the restoration and preservation of the Gustav Stickley House to preserve and bring to the relevance the legacy, ideals and work of Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement that helped guide social change beginning in the early 20th century.
Funding Provided by:
NYS EPF grant - $500,000
NYS Urban Initiative grant - $200,000
Home HeadQuarters construction loan
Community Foundation- $30,000
Thorpe Foundation - $20,000
Arts and Craft Society - $10,000
Preservation League of NYS - $10,800
National Trust - $7,500
Private Donations & GSHF- $113,000
Partner: Gustav Stickley House Foundation; Syracuse Land Bank; OHA; Stickley-Audi Company
104 Buckingham Ave
In April 2011, UNPA collaborated with Empire Housing & Development on the rehabilitation of 104 Buckingham Avenue. This 4 BR, 2058 square-foot single-family property fell into disrepair after the owner passed away. It is now back to being owner-occupied. Empire Housing has assisted more than 25 owner-occupied property owners (and UNPA Homebuyers Assistance Program recipients) within the UNPA Target Area with the purchase and/or rehab of their properties using NY State Affordable Housing Corporation (community development and renewal program) funding.
Partner: Empire Housing
109 Dorset Road
At the request of the Berkley Park neighbors, UNPA and Home HeadQuarters collaborated with the Berkley Park Neighborhood Partnership to purchase and begin the restoration of this property which had been vacant for many years.
In 2016, Home HeadQuarters purchased this property with financial assistance from the Partnership and UNPA. The goal was to sell it to an owner occupant; however, before this property could be marketed, it was determined the foundation had to be replaced.
Even though the total cost was greater than anticipated, Home HeadQuarters was able to find a homeowner who purchased the property and completed the rehabilitation. Therefore, this important part of the Berkley Park Historic District was restored for ownership by a family. The new owner also was able to obtain NYS Rehabilitation tax credits to partially offset the rehabilitation costs. UNPA also provided some financial assistance for the rehabilitation. The rehabilitation of this property was substantially completed and occupied in 2019.
Partner: Home HeadQuarters & Berkley Park Neighborhood Partnership