On a sunny, but chilly February Saturday, SCCLT Volunteers gathered to admire completed work on a home on Oneida Street, that is just about ready for sale. The home has been a work in progress since March of 2018, and some photos of it being worked on can be seen in a previous blog post. The clean up crew then walked around the corner to do some early spring cleaning at our newest acquisition on S. Atherton St. What a large, happy, and efficient crew they are! The house was spit-spot less than 2 hours later! This house will be the first in our Energy+ program, which we will share more about very soon.
SCCLT Members, supporters and members of the community gathered at the New Leaf Initiative on Wednesday January 16. Attendees heard about everything that took place in 2018, and from a panel of homeowners about their homes' energy journeys. Attendees also heard about the ongoing Energy+ Initiative, which is an endeavor of Borough housing programs to explore improving energy efficiency in existing housing stock. Thank you to @NewLeaf for having us, and to all our homeowners for sharing their stories!
Some grey day snapshots of our newest home on South Atherton Street. This house is not for sale just yet as it has some work to do before it is ready for our newest family. What work, you ask? This home is the first home in our Energy+ Pilot Project, an energy efficiency capital improvement initiative we are undertaking with other housing organizations in the Borough. All new acquisitions to the Land Trust already undergo evaluations for health and safety, and any necessary renovations needed to mitigate lead and bring the homes up to code compliance before they are sold. Homes in our new Energy+ Program will also be evaluated for energy performance, with the aim of improving the efficiency of these homes before they are sold. This endeavor is a continuation of the collaboration between SCCLT, Borough Planning Staff, the Hamer Center for Community Design and the Energy Efficient Housing Research Center at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center begun during the GreenBuild project. SCCLT will purchase and rehab 2 to 3 homes in the pilot phase of this project, learning how to include energy performance in the Land Trust's acquisition and rehab process. Later phases of this project will seek to apply information gathered about the scope and cost of improving energy performance in Land Trust homes to the entire SCCLT portfolio.
Follow our progress as we begin this exciting project! The next step for this home is to undergo an energy audit. Check back soon for updates, and enjoy this sneak peak of the home while we wait for sunnier days.
It is time once again for our Annual Meeting. We've moved our yearly meeting from November to January, so that we could reflect back on the entirety of 2018. Join us on January 16, at 6:30 pm at the
New Leaf Initiative
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
snacks and mingling
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
brief business meeting, reflections and acknowledgements
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
panel discussion with SCCLT homeowners about their homes' energy journeys
Before you ring in the new year, help us to bring new neighbors home in 2019 by making your gift by December 31! Secure online donations can be made by visiting scclandtrust.org, or by mailing your check to:
The State College Community Land Trust
1315 South Allen St.
State College, PA 16801
Work continues on our newest Oneida Street acquisition, to prepare it for sale in early 2019. This home is undergoing a significant rejuvenation to prepare it for its new family. We think the newly painted awnings look lovely in the late afternoon light, even with the torn up yard and piles of fill, BUT we really look forward to checking back in the Spring to see how things have grown in. A new roof, new electric, drywall, and 2 new sets of stairs are just some of what is happening at this house. Thanks to our supporters and the workers who have been working to ready this home for its new owners!
Please extend a warm State College Community Land Trust welcome to our newest community members, neighbors and 66th homeowners! Just in time to be home for the holidays! Thank you Carrie at Jersey Shore State Bank and Nittany Settlement Company and the Borough of State College for getting us over the threshold (literally, and figuratively 😆) 🌞🏘🏡
We're excited to introduce 1160 S. Atherton Street, our newest addition to the land trust. This house will undergo some work, and hopefully be ready in the late spring/summer of 2019. See the Homes for Sale page for updates and details!
DO WE HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?!! FLARE UP INSPIRES GRATITUDE, AND A WARNING. From November 2018 Welcome Home
By Mary Wilson, SCCLT Homeowner
Everything inside me said to quickly call 9-1-1; but, perhaps, I should call my husband’s cell phone first to ask if I was misreading the situation. Perhaps that smell is normal, under the circumstances. His phone rang loudly – on the end table next to me! Holy smoke! No, I bet it’s NOT normal at all!
An hour prior, our brand new gas grill went up in flames, the propane canister’s cap having not sealed properly. Running for our kitchen fire extinguisher, my husband Mark quickly doused the flames. Do you know where YOUR fire extinguisher is? Find it! And, has it been checked by the experts lately? Do it! With a sigh of relief, Mark felt confident in the scare being behind us and drove off to settle his nerves in the aisles of gadgets and new fire extinguishers at the hardware store. But all was not as it should have been.
Initially, I thought little of the scent of propane drifting through the family room window, as our toasted grill was standing just beyond. However, as I bent over to draw the window down, that aroma was joined by a demonic hissing sound coming from the propane tank inside the grill. Yes, 9-1-1, it is!
The fire trucks came screaming down the street with all they could muster. The responders filled four huge fire engines, several fire police vehicles, rescue squads, and a police cruiser, all to address my complaint of my grill hissing. Embarrassment overcame me as I stood, as ordered, on the front lawn with our dogs in tow. However, embarrassment was quickly overtaken by fear when traffic was ordered to a halt, curious neighborhood children gathered on the sidewalk, firefighters with respirators raced into my house to check dangerous levels of propane and others into the backyard. The dogs stood fixated on the huge hose suddenly snaking around the house. The potential existed for the entire back of the house to go up in a puff, and such an outcome was keeping my hands and legs shaking like ye olde school marm’s ruler. Those men and women raced into a potentially dangerous situation. But, in so doing, they were able to conquer the growing problem before the hissing propane ignited into an even greater event. After over an hour’s time, the firefighters, paramedics, captains, and officers were on the retreat, having neutralized the now charcoaled propane tank and grill, declaring the house safe to reenter. Bless them, each and every one.
Alpha Fire Company has been serving our area as a volunteer company since 1899 and Centre LifeLink since 1941. The volunteers and staff dedicate their time in endless training and then at incidents much greater than ours because they feel it is where they need to be. Rushing to our properties, they are willing to make our situation their first priority. Please, please, please do a fire and emergency safety drill at your own home very soon. And, join us in remembering the fire and rescue companies that serve us here in the Centre Region by being generous when they ask for your support this year. It only takes a moment to have a need …. and for you to help.
Read more articles from November's Welcome Home Newsletter HERE.
SCCLT Monthly Meeting
The State College Community Land Trust Board meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 in the Borough Building.