Randall Avenue, Mine Hill

Randall Avenue 2-bedroom ranch with Welcome banner

Project Address: Randall Avenue, Mine Hill
Build #101-104: completed 2019 – second “Blitz Build” – Women Build – Veterans Build
Type:

  • 4 single-family homes
  • 3 new construction & 1 rehab
  • 2 bedrooms in 2 new ranch homes; 3 bedrooms in 1 new Cape Cod home and in the rehab home

Families: 

Parents of a newborn daughter. Mom is a social worker and Dad works as a painter. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Afghanistan.

A mother of one daughter (age 17).  She is a medical assistant.

A mom of one son (age 10) and one daughter (age 11). She works as a home health aide.

Parents of two children (ages 3 years and 3 months). Mom has several jobs—as a cleaner, for a church and also for a small company. Dad does construction and handyman work.

Rehabbed house at 56 Randall AvenueProject:

Three new single-family homes were built and one existing home was renovated on this picturesque lot on Randall Avenue in Mine Hill. Architect Seth A. Leeb, AIA, designed several prototype house plans for this project. Using the same square footage, each home can be built with a different layout to include 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, depending on the number of people in the homeowner family. The three new houses are accessible and handicapped-adaptable.

All four homes are ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency. Green or reusable building materials were used whenever feasible. The homes have a public water supply and individual septic systems.  They will be hooked up to public sewer lines when Mine Hill installs them in the next few years.

The property was generously donated by David and Sherry Lenox, after being owned by the Lenox family for several generations.  Their home, built in the 1940s, is the home that was renovated.

Many thanks go to our first Home Sponsor Valley Bank for contributing both money and volunteer labor. Other Blitz Build sponsors are Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey, ADPLakeland Bank, GAFNew Jersey Natural Gas and Wells Fargo. Additional support for this project includes funds from the Mine Hill Affordable Housing Trust.

Blitz Build Mine Hill 2018 logoPreparation work started in October 2017 when Bayer employees held a mini Hammer for Heroes event in the parking lot of their headquarters in Whippany. By the end of the day, they had completed framing for the first story of one house. More framing was assembled at Beyer Ford in Morristown during “WDHA’s Hammer for Heroes”  on two days in May 2018.

Foundations were dug in April 2018. Teams of more than 85 women volunteers worked on the basements during National Women Build Week in May. During a Blitz Build in June 2018, the three new homes were built from the first floors to the roofs over the course of just 9 work days. The Blitz Home Builders, a traveling group of 75 experienced construction volunteers with various skill levels, helped lead the local volunteers. After 1500 volunteers gave 10,000 hours of their time, this magical and awe-inspiring accomplishment concluded with a dedication ceremony. View the “Blitz Build Mine Hill 2018” photo album on Facebook>>

During the summer and fall, the original Lenox family home was renovated. Septic systems were installed and landscaping was done. The fourth home was dedicated in February 2019, and the families moved in by spring.

Randall Avenue 2-bedroom ranch

Randall Avenue 2-bedroom ranch with Welcome banner

Randall Avenue 3-bedroom Cape Cod