Governor Hochul announces completion of $ 20 million affordable housing development in Utica

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a $ 20 million housing community in Utica. The Link at Sunset has replaced the long-vacant Sunset School with 60 affordable apartments, including 12 apartments for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who will have access to on-site support services.

“The availability of affordable and supportive housing is an essential part of any thriving community,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The Link at Sunset serves Utica in countless ways, not only by replacing a deteriorating school with a modern housing estate, but also by providing vital services to those who need them most. Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to rest. night and with projects like these, we are working to expand access to housing for all. “

The Link at Sunset development involved the demolition of the long-vacant and decaying Sunset School. The newly constructed development is a unique four storey building with 60 apartments. Forty-eight apartments are affordable for households with incomes equal to or less than 80% of the median income in the region.

Twelve apartments are reserved for individuals who will have access to support services on site. Rent services and subsidies are funded through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Integrated Supportive Housing Program. The service provider is The Kelberman Center, also developer of the project.

The ground floor of the building includes 7,000 square feet of commercial space for the use of the Kelberman Center for administrative offices and year-round programming for the people they support, including events and activities. for everyone who lives at The Link. The Kelberman Center, a subsidiary of Upstate Caring Partners, Inc. is the leading provider of autism services for children, adults and families in the Mohawk Valley and central New York City. The Kelberman Center offers specialized programs, resources and support services to help create fulfilling and fulfilling experiences for individuals and families.

The project has tracked compliance with Enterprise Green Communities, the Standard for a Sustainable Future and the country’s only national green building program designed explicitly for building affordable green housing, and EPA version 3.1 of the ENERGY Certified Homes Program. STAR®. The mechanical systems of the project include energy recovery ventilators for heating and ventilation with central air conditioning for each unit. The construction also incorporated energy efficiency practices and equipment such as household appliances, hot water production, windows, lighting, insulation and airtightness.

Additional residential amenities include a fitness center, lounges, and a community hall. The development is located in a walkable mixed-use area with retail and shopping facilities and is close to public transportation.

State funding includes federal and state low-income housing tax credits that generated $ 13 million in equity and $ 3.7 million in grants from New York State Homes and Community Renewal . OPWDD provided $ 1.8 million in capital and NYSERDA provided $ 60,000 in support. The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council recommended a Series 9 Capital Fund grant through Empire State Development in the amount of $ 380,000 to be used for demolition and construction costs in exchange for the creation of 12 jobs. The town of Utica provided $ 300,000.

The Link at Sunset is part of the state’s unprecedented five-year, $ 20 billion housing plan to make housing accessible and tackle homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable housing units and 6,000 housing units with support services. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested more than $ 265 million in the Mohawk Valley, which has created or preserved more than 2,500 affordable housing units.

UNHCR Commissioner Ruth Anne Visnauskas said: “Cities like Utica thrive when families have access to affordable and decent housing in the neighborhoods of their choice. Our investment in The Link at Sunset has created 60 energy efficient apartments in a beautiful new building that improves safety and quality of life for the entire community. With the inclusion of 12 Supportive Homes and Commercial Space for the Kelberman Center, The Link at Sunset will enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and help them achieve independence. We are proud to be a part of this exciting development and are grateful to our many state and local partners for their support. ”

New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Acting Commissioner Kerry Neifeld said: “OPWDD is thrilled to be part of a project that provides beautiful, modern, community-based apartments for people with intellectual disabilities, like the Link at Sunset does. We are committed to continuing to support projects like this as we continue to support projects like this. let’s explore new and innovative housing options for those in need. “

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said: “NYSERDA is delighted to see the completion of The Link at Sunset, which will provide low-income Utica residents with additional affordable, supportive, healthy and environmentally responsible housing. This project, along with others across the state, demonstrates that new construction can be cost effective while incorporating advanced energy efficiency practices and equipment that advance our efforts to reduce harmful emissions. “

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and CEO-Designate Hope Knight said: “Long-term support, especially housing that provides services and educational opportunities for people with disabilities, is essential to the economic success of every community. The Sunset Link not only provides this support to those who live in the building, but will help hundreds more across the Mohawk Valley.

Kelberman Center Executive Director Tara Costello said: “The Kelberman Center is proud and excited to realize its vision of a quality, safe, affordable and community-centered life. The creation of The Link required a dedicated team of partners who helped bring this project to fruition at a time when the whole world has been shocked by a global pandemic. I cannot thank all these key players enough for their endurance and for making this monumental project a reality. The Link is truly a beautiful building that not only represents the movement towards quality living options for people of all abilities, but reflects the hard work and dedication of so many during a very difficult time. The Kelberman Center is grateful for the support of so many. ”

Senator John W. Mannion, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Persons with Disabilities, said: “The Link at Sunset has transformed a vacant building in Utica into a leading-edge model of affordable, supportive housing for New Yorkers with I / DD. The Link gives me hope that we will continue to expand supportive housing options. to meet the needs of the disability community. I express my gratitude to Governor Hochul and his teams at UNHCR and OPWDD for making The Link a priority, and the Kelberman Center for their commitment to the Mohawk Valley.

Mayor Robert Palmieri said: “This project is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that has made it possible to meet a major need in our community. I thank all the agencies and organizations in the State who have worked together to transform a plague into new housing units. for residents of Utica. ”

Anthony J. Picente Jr., Oneida County Director, said: “The Kelberman Center does a tremendous job across Oneida County and the new Link at Sunset is a great example of the benefits they bring to our community. This project has given new life to a long vacant property, and not only meets the need of an underserved population by providing housing and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but also provides affordable housing that others badly need. I applaud this project and thank everyone who played a role in its realization. “


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