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Sale of BOCES-built homes nets $85,000


A total of $85,000 was raised Friday morning in the sale of two modular houses built by students of Erie 1 BOCES’ Building Trades program.

Separate auctions were held behind two of BOCES’ career and technical centers: Harkness in Cheektowaga and Potter in West Seneca. The houses, each featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, were built on site by high school seniors.

The Harkness house sold for $47,000 to Camp Hickory Hill, a children’s camp in the Wyoming County community of Varysburg, according to Candace Reimer, a BOCES spokeswoman. Camp operators heard about the house from Elliot and Jeremy Biggs, twin brothers who attended the camp and were among the students who worked on the house. The camp reportedly will use the house as a residence for the site manager.

The Potter house sold for $38,000 to John Apgar, who has bought at least two other BOCES-built houses; one of them ended up in East Aurora. He plans to move the house to a lot he owns in West Seneca, Reimer said.

Fourteen bidders registered for the Harkness house auction, and there were 12 for Potter.

The house-building projects by the Building Trades program began in 1998 at Harkness, funded by a $30,000 grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. Since then, 17 homes have been built – 13 at Harkness and four at Potter.

Money raised during the auctions is used to buy materials for the next year’s projects.