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City of Hornell starts planning for the 12th “BOCES” house project in 2023

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Mayor Buckley was authorized to buy the property for $1

Featured in the photo is the cleared lot at 179 Madison Ave., along with a photo of previously completed BOCES house #10. The Madison Ave. house will be similar in design to the one featured here.

The Hornell Common Council authorized Mayor John Buckley to purchase property at 179 Madison Avenue from the Steuben County Land Bank for $1.00 at the October 17th meeting.

The property was recently demolished and is planned to be the site for Hornell’s 12th house constructed by BOCES.

“We’ve been very fortunate and successful working with the Land Bank.  We are able to take a dilapidated property, and through partnering with the County Land Bank and BOCES there will be a new, beautiful house on that lot. We’ve added well over a million dollars of assessed value to the tax rolls over the years through this successful program. It’s a win-win for everyone,” noted Mayor Buckley.

The positive impact is hoped to be felt throughout the neighborhood. “The new BOCES house will add value and a new energy to the neighborhood and the community by extension. This development can be invigorating and healing for a neighborhood where a home previously sat in disrepair for so long,” said Melissa Ponticello, Alderwoman for the 1st ward where the property is located.

The project is planned for completion in the Fall of 2023.

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