YORK -- Students who helped build a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house are seeing first-hands the signs of a struggling economy.
The group hasn't seen interest in the year-long housing project they completed in May before graduating.
Last August, 15 seniors enrolled in an advanced building construction class, a course offered at York's Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center that would help them become better builders and architects. Students designed the house, chose the colors and did all the foundation work to get the project started, including framework, drywall, paint and cabinetry.
Just over $38,000 was spent on materials for the house, parked temporarily on a small lot behind the school.
Quality education comes with no price tag, says Ron Roveri, director of the technology center, but the house needs to be sold to help cover materials for next year's project. The 1,430 square-foot house will be sold for $39,000. It went on the market in April.
Roveri said the slowing economy could explain nearly three months of no bids. Houses have been built by students and sold to community members for five consecutive years, mostly to accommodate new homeowners and newlyweds.
Students decided early last school year on custom oak cabinets, cream-colored vinyl siding and brown shutters for the house. Instructor Robbin Hogue said he took "a little of each" student's ideas last summer and created a master floor plan on his computer.
Whoever buys the house this year will need to finish the floors, painting and fixtures, Roveri said. These are all items that could be damaged if installed before the big move, he said.
"Someone who has a piece of property can buy this house, turn around and instantly double their profits by selling it, depending on where their property is," Roveri suggested.
House-building projects at the technology center were first funded by loans from the Bank of York, but Roveri said the project was able to sustain itself for the first time this year. The school has consistently bought its supplies from York Lumber.
Construction finished in May, and director Roveri said the 15 students who worked on the project will likely see 100 percent placement in any construction-related field or educational program.
"That's the whole reason we do this," Roveri said. "The whole idea is for students to apply what they've learned in the classroom, and this is the ultimate project for that."
Bidding will be open until the house is sold.
For more information on the house, call Ron Roveri at 684-1910 or e-mail him at email@example.com.