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Ground broken for new city homes

City and state officials joined the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership in breaking ground Aug. 6 on four new single-family homes on Straub and Pierpont streets in the Dewey Avenue-Driving Park neighborhood.

The homes will be sold to low-income, first time homebuyers. The project is moving forward on the strength of a $120,000 award from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, and will inject $745,000 into the local economy.

The homes are part of partnership’s Neighborhood Builders revitalization strategy, which constructs new houses on vacant lots in Rochester neighborhoods with existing public and private investment. The new homes have modern floor plans and amenities.

The energy-efficient homes are sold to families who attend homebuyer counseling classes and are able to qualify for a mortgage.