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Bethel Urban Housing

In the spring of 2002, the Bethel Community Development Corporation (Bethel CDC) held a competition in which eleven Western New York architectural firms submitted concepts for new homes to be built in the Cold Springs Neighborhood. Tommaso Briatico Architectswinning scheme comprises both a single and two story version with 1,752 total square feet in the two story model. This includes 3 bedrooms, two and a half baths, a one car garage, and a front porch. Up to fifty of these new homes may be built in this neighborhood during a three year period.

Integrating original characteristics of the area – usable porches, visible front entrances, permanent materials – the design sought to update the type by incorporating modern features like a garage, good storage, and energy efficiency.