CLARKS SUMMIT — The handrail leading up the staircase to the second floor and a cabinet in the basement are all that remain of the old interior of 316 Summit Ave.
The house recently went on the market after undergoing a complete interior and exterior renovation, the latest home overhauled through the NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania Property Acquisition and Redevelopment program and the first in the Abingtons, NeighborWorks Chief Business Officer Jen Dougherty said. Although the home now boasts a modern layout, siding, appliances and more, NeighborWorks staff found it in severe disrepair, but structurally sound, when they acquired it more than a year ago, Dougherty said.
“The bones of the house were really, really good,” Dougherty said. “It just needed some love.”
Wells Fargo bank donated the home to NeighborWorks through a program offered to nonprofits for community and urban stabilization projects. NeighborWorks Property Acquisition and Redevelopment program is designed to take vacant, blighted properties in neighborhoods and renovate them to impact surrounding property values positively while providing an opportunity for prospective homeowners in the area to buy a house, she said. It also provides a bonus to municipalities and school districts because it puts properties back on the tax rolls.
NeighborWorks acquired the home in December 2017 and work on the property took about 10 months, wrapping up in March, Dougherty said. They partnered with Blakely-based NJB Construction Inc. to perform the renovations. The project proved to be part classroom; carpentry and electrical students from Johnson College assisted with the work, Dougherty said. Crews also cleared the backyard, which was overgrown, Dougherty said.
This will be the sixth house in Lackawanna County renovated through the program, Dougherty said. Others have been restored and sold in Jermyn and Scranton, among other municipalities. All proceeds from the sales are used to fund programs offered through the nonprofit, including the Aging in Place program, which provides free home repairs to elderly people and helps keep them in their homes as they grow older, Dougherty said.
The house at 316 Summit Ave. went on the market in early April with a list price of $215,000.
Before the renovations, the home and the overgrown yard drew complaints from neighbors for years, borough Councilman Patrick Williams said. He praised the work done on the building and its new look.
“The place was a complete disgrace. You’d never know it’s the same property,” Williams said. “I’d hope we could work with [NeighborWorks] again.”
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