Model Cottage

Model Cottage

On Saturday, July 9, 2005, Blueroof formally completed construction and dedicated the Model Cottage, located at 400 Spring Street in the City of McKeesport. Local dignitaries that participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies included Mayor James Brewster, Congressman Mike Doyle, County Executive Dan Onorato, Senator Sean Logan, Representative Marc Gergely, Representative Ken Ruffing, and Dr. James Osborn.

The Model Cottage has been built within the City of McKeesport to demonstrate and test the features and functions of a new type of affordable housing for senior citizens. This housing makes use of information and computer technology to keep senior citizens at home longer, safer, and healthier. The Model Cottage, which is complaint with ADA standards, has been designed using Universal Design concepts which will allow it to adapt to the ever-changing needs and requirements of the individual owner.

During its initial design phase, goals set for the Model Cottage included that it be:

  • Multi-Functional
  • Highly visible to attract visitors to the downtown area of McKeesport, PA
  • A world-class facility to bring national and international attention to McKeesport, PA as a center for the development of ‘senior friendly’ products and processes
  • Available for senior citizen ‘research associates’ to test all systems and amenities
  • An asset to McKeesport, PA
  • Monitored and controlled via the World Wide Web
  • An ‘economic magnet’ to attract businesses and companies interested in researching and developing products and services geared towards senior citizens.

Benefactors of the Model Cottage include:

  • An Anonymous Donor
  • Capital Technologies, Inc.
  • Charles F. Peters Foundation
  • City of McKeesport
  • Comcast Corp.
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • County of Allegheny
  • G. C. Murphy Company Foundation
  • Germek Heating and Cooling
  • Home Automation, Inc.
  • Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • McKeesport Neighborhood Initiative
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • PPG Foundation
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Model Cottage

Model Cottage Floorplan