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Home Leasing Services has $60
million work of projects underway.

which took over the commercial properties,
while Nelson Leenhouts' family formed
Home Leasing LLC to handle the affordable
housing and single-family portion of the
business. Nelson Leenhouts continues to
lead the company as its chairman and CEO.
Home Leasing Services is one of four
affiliates of Home Leasing LLC. In addition
to the construction division, Home Leasing
LLC includes divisions dedicated to the
operation's central services, development
and community management.
The majority of Home Leasing Services'
construction projects are performed on
behalf of its sister development company,
though it also works for outside developers.
"We keep busy with our own work, but also
regularly get calls from others who want us
to work for them because of our experience
in multifamily projects and with different
funding sources," Bellaire says.
The company works regularly with a
small pool of subcontractors. "We don't put
projects out to bid to every contractor in
business," he adds. "When we get a project,
we will instead reach out to a handful of
quality contractors we know in the community who have worked with us before."
All of the company's subcontractors
follow Home Leasing Services' extensive

in-house safety program. The company
believes in being proactive when it comes
to safety, as it invites OSHA and U.S. Department of Labor officials to inspect its sites
and safety practices.
"We open our books and sites to them
instead of just waiting for them to come,"
Bellaire says.

A True Transformation
Home Leasing Services has $60 million
worth of projects underway. Although most
of its projects are geared toward affordable
housing, the company also develops and
builds market-rate projects.
The company last July began work
on Charlotte Square in Rochester, a
139,000-square-foot building with 72
market-rate apartments. The $17 million
development is part of the city's Inner Loop
East Transformation Project, an effort to
transform a sunken section of expressway
east of downtown Rochester. Charlotte
Square is located on vacant land adjacent to
the expressway, Bellaire notes.
The four-story building will include a
structural steel parking garage on its lowest
level, with three stories of wood construction above that. The garage is built on
helical piles.

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Charlotte Square will include a community terrace with a fire pit, industrial-sized
grills and a large-screen television, as well
as a fitness center, community room with a
prep kitchen and media center, and soundproof practice roof. Move-ins are anticipated this fall.
The Charlotte Square project is designed
to LEED Silver specifications. Green-minded
features include landscaped areas, outdoor
spaces, water efficient fixtures, energy star
light fixtures and secure bicycle storage. The
building will also feature high-efficiency
windows and EnergyStar-certified furnaces,
heating and air conditioning systems. The
building will also include solar panels on its
roof, Bellaire says.
The company's other ongoing projects
include a 62-unit senior affordable housing
project in Owego, N.Y. The development,
which replaces housing destroyed by flooding in 2011, is funded through the state's
Housing Finance Agency and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery. Work began
last year and is anticipated to conclude in
October, he adds.
Home Leasing and Home Leasing Services have numerous additional projects
in the pipeline, the number of which have
increased each year to date.

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