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RACINE — A united effort to train local young adults to redevelop vacant, tax-foreclosed properties in Racine County has completed its first house in the City of Racine.

Through the assistance of Racine County, the City of Racine, the Racine Community Foundation and other public agencies and private corporations, the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (CCC) completed the construction and redevelopment of a formerly blighted, tax-foreclosed property at 3518 Kinzie Ave.

The home will be sold to a new owner-occupant.

“Through the efforts at this one house the greater Racine community gains many solutions—new quality housing, the removal of lead-based paint from existing homes, homeownership, the promise of the potential of young adults, and an extensive partnership of several corporations and agencies who are committed to making the city of Racine and Racine County a better place,” said Great Lakes CCC President Chris Litzau. “This is truly a comprehensive community initiative.”

Under the guidance of experienced contractors and technical experts, Great Lakes CCC training participants learned construction skills to transform the vacant house. LandQuest served as the project's general contractor.

The comprehensive training initiative was created to provide nontraditional training opportunities to young adults often marginalized in society. The young adults help to redesign, retrofit and rebuild formerly boarded, dilapidated houses for future occupancy by owner-occupant households.

The Kinzie Avenue property is the first of several to be completed in Racine County by training participants.