Auburn, Bay Path Will Build You A House

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Auburn residents can apply for the 2013-14 Bay Path house building project. This house was built by Bay Path students.
Auburn residents can apply for the 2013-14 Bay Path house building project. This house was built by Bay Path students. Photo Credit: Bay Path

AUBURN, Mass. – Looking to own a new home? Bay Path High School students will build one next year, and Auburn residents are eligible to be the owner.

Applications are now being accepted from anyone interested in having a house built in one of the 10 member communities for Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. Applications for the 2013-14 house building project are due by Jan. 7 at 3:30 p.m.

The annual project, which runs from September to June throughout the school year, is completed by students who are studying carpentry, electrical, cabinetmaking and plumbing.

“This project benefits everyone,” said Donald Montville, the vocational director at Bay Path. “It benefits the kids who are excited to be putting their skills to good use, and the homeowner is getting a very nice finished product at a reasonable rate.

“They just need to be patient because the project does take the whole school year,” he added.

The homeowner has to purchase the supplies and materials, which depend on the size of the home being built, but the homeowner doesn’t have to pay labor costs, Montville said.

Bay Path students are currently building a house in Charlton, one of the school’s member communities. Montville said the school tries to rotate which town gets the project the following year.

Member communities are Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, North Brookfield, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer and Webster.

Applicants should call Peggi Corsi at 508-248-5971, ext. 1700, for an application and guidelines. 

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