The home under construction is at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street. Habitat officials hope the first home, on the Cole Avenue side of the lot, will be framed out before the winter weather sets in.
More than two dozen teenagers from Camp Lenox spent Friday cleaning up the west side of Pittsfield.
In partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the campers cleaned up Durant Park, Columbus Avenue, and opened up the staircase at the end of Francis Avenue that had become overgrown to help people in the neighborhood more easily get to Big Y and CVS.
DeCarolis and Gleason turned over the first sod — though not easily — and officials and board members took turns at the shovels as well. Gleason posed with a large sign with the date and plans to continue that practice to mark the project's progress.
Habitat for Humanity is launching a new program to help both train workers for trades and repair homes.
Executive Director Carolyn Valli said the Build and Repair Corp. will be a paid two and a half month training program for those looking to get into the trades. The group will also be taking on various home repair projects throughout the community.
It'll be a series of first for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity when it builds six net-zero energy use condominiums on land on Deming Street.
It is the first such project for the organization. It is the first time it had used a panel build day. It is the first time a bank is financing the project. And it is the first for a "homebuilders blitz." The project has been long-awaited but finally broke ground on Friday. And in the end, six families will walk into their first homes for the fir