603 & 607 Hixson Ave



deserves a place to call home

Veteran & Interfaith Build @ Hixson Ave

A Collaboration for a More Sustainable Community


The collaboration between Syracuse Habitat for Humanity and the MCAA Upstate New York Chapter (founded in 2015), with the support of local planners and construction trades, allows for a unique opportunity to test out a new model for the development of Habitat Houses in Syracuse.  This collaboration combines Syracuse Habitat's mission to "develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which people can live and grow into all that God intended," and the MCAA Upstate New York Chapter's mission "to preserve and promote the masonry industry by providing training for masons, advocating fair codes and standards, fostering a safe work environment and marketing the benefits of masonry materials.  The Upstate NY Chapter will provide services to the masonry industry throughout the Southern tier and all of Upstate New York.


The two houses intend to prove that through the generous funding of labor and materials, through the support of the MCAA and a wide range of local planners and construction companies, that Habitat will be able to build on an annual basis more long lasting and sustainable houses.  The key component of the collaboration is the construction of the masonry for the houses by the MCAA as an educational opportunity for their apprentices.


The ultimate goal of the project is to help build a stronger and more sustainable community through the collaboration of the local volunteers, trades, and professionals, and to advocate for the local construction industry by offering opportunities for the promotion and training of young construction professionals.



  • Highly insulated concrete block exterior walls and wood roof construction

  • Reduced energy costs through high efficiency floor heating, high insulation values, and thermal mass storage capacity of block construction

  • Longevity and durability through solid concrete block (CMU) construction

  • Condensed plan and sections that allow for a feeling of generous space despite the small square footage.

Building Permit


Footings & Foundations

Backfill & Under Slab Prep

Concrete Slabs

Architect of Record
phZ Architects, PLLC

Landscape Architects
Appel Osborne Landscape Architecture

Structural Engineers
Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, P.C.
Biggs Consulting Engineering, PLLC


Civil Engineering and Surveying
CME Engineering Group, D.P.C

Mechanical Engineering
Fuegel Engineering, PC

Masonry Walls




EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finish System)

Interior Framing


Project Sponsors
Project Supporters
  • Atlas Fence

  • Bin There Dump That

  • City Electric

  • CME Associates

  • Crown Construction

  • Dow

  • Dryvit

  • East Coast Companies

  • Eastwood Baptist Church

  • Edward Joy Electric

  • GAF

  • Grainger

  • Hertel Steel

  • Hunter Douglas

  • JCH Seamless Gutters

  • Koster's Wood Floor Store LLC

  • Legrand

  • Michael J. McSherry Charitable Fund at Mohawk Global Logistics

  • Mobile Mini

  • N.K. BHANDARI, Architecture & Engineering, P.C.

  • Northern Ready Mix, LLC

  • Patcraft

  • Schneider Electric

  • Simpson Strong-Tie

  • Sky High Turf Farms

  • Sy-Con Trucking & Excavating

  • Syracuse Haulers

  • Syracuse Rotary Foundation Inc.

  • Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Club

  • Target Corporation

  • Thermal Foams

  • Valspar

  • Van Derhoof Roofing

  • Whirlpool

  • Walmart

  • Willey Lumber

Media Mentions

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Partner Family

We are still looking for a Partner Families for these two houses.  If you are interested in applying, or know someone who is, please visit our Home Ownership page for application information.

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