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Hoeltzer Street

Abandoned house on O'Brien Street

This dilapidated home on O'Brien Street, one block north of Hoeltzer Street, typifies the abandoned structures that Habitat worked to replace with decent, simple and affordable new homes.

Habitat house built on Hoeltzer Street in 1996

One of the eight Habitat homes built on Hoeltzer Street during our 1996-'97 construction season.

Hoeltzer Street is a one-way street located one block north of Rauber Street and across Joseph Avenue from Cuba Place in the Upper Falls neighborhood. Flower City Habitat built eight homes on Hoeltzer Street during 1996 and 1997. We returned to build five new houses during 2007.

We began by excavating the first three basements, with excavation services donated by Victor Excavating and Landscape. These three sites used poured concrete foundations -- a first for Flower City Habitat homes in Rochester -- saving weeks of back-breaking volunteer labor.

Houses used variations on the one-story "workers cottage" design. A one-story design eliminates a great deal of ladder- and scaffold-work for our volunteers, making the job both safer and faster to complete. It also allows Flower City Habitat homeowners to age-in-place and remain in their homes longer as they age.

Construction on Hoeltzer Street was sponsored by Penfield Churches, Thrivent Builds (Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and local Lutheran Churches), M&T Bank, RBC Dain Rauscher, Rochester Community Baseball (Redwings) and others.



Flower City Habitat for Humanity
755 Culver Road | Rochester, NY 14609
Tel: 585.546.1470 | Fax: 585.546.1549