Governor Hochul announces start of construction on $44 million seniors’ housing estate in Yonkers
Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that construction has begun on a $44 million development that will create 60 energy-efficient and affordable homes for seniors in South Yonkers. Known as La Mora Senior Apartments, the development replaces a crumbling property with a sustainable building with modern features.
“This project will help ensure that older people in Yonkers have a safe and comfortable place to live in the vibrant community they call home,” Governor Hochul said. “As part of my administration’s $25 billion housing plan, the state will continue to dedicate the resources needed to create quality homes where older New Yorkers can live with dignity and peace of mind. ”
La Mora Senior Apartments is part of Governor Hochul’s sweeping plans to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable. In the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, the Governor introduced and successfully secured a comprehensive new five-year, $25 billion housing plan that will increase housing supply by creating or preserving 100,000 homes homes in New York, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations, plus the electrification of 50,000 additional homes.
Located in the Hollow neighborhood of South Yonkers, the development will be built on a long-vacant plot acquired by the City of Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority. The four-storey building will feature 57 one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments. The 60 apartments will be affordable for residents aged 62 and over whose income is at or below 60% of the area’s median income.
La Mora Senior Apartments is designed to be highly energy efficient and meets New Construction – Housing Program, Energy Star, Enterprise Green Communities and Passive House Institute certifications from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. All apartments will include low-flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, individual high-efficiency electric heating and cooling, and LED lighting. The building will have a high performance envelope, double glazed insulated windows and a central heating and hot water distribution system. A standby generator will ensure that building systems remain operational in the event of a power outage.
Residents will have access to services provided by the Yonkers Office for the Aging, including case management, meals delivered to homes, assistance with eligibility programs, transportation, health awareness programs, access to nutrition centers, recreation and exercise programs and coordination of delivery from supermarkets and pharmacies. . The services will be funded by the Office for the Aging and the Westchester County Department of Programs and Services for Seniors.
The immediate neighborhood includes several public parks and a golf course, and the development will be near St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Residents will also be able to enjoy the indoor and outdoor common areas on site.
La Mora Senior Apartments is co-developed by MHACY and the Mulford Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable development corporation formed by MHACY in 2004.
State funding for La Mora Senior Apartments includes $17 million in permanent tax-exempt bonds, federal low-income housing tax credits that will generate $17.7 million in equity and 9, $1 million in grant from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. NYSERDA will provide $240,000. Westchester County is providing $3.4 million from the Housing Implementation Fund and the City of Yonkers is providing $650,000 in HOME funds. MHACY provided a loan of $2.6 million.
Over the past five years, UNHCR has invested more than $331 million to create and preserve nearly 2,400 affordable housing units in Yonkers. This includes Landy Court, which now offers 80 affordable apartments, including 48 with supportive services near downtown Yonkers, and 172 Warburton at the Ridgeway, which created 85 new apartments.
Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “La Mora Senior Apartments continues to invest in expanding the supply of quality affordable housing in Yonkers, with over 2,400 new homes created over the past five years. Our latest investment will improve the quality of life for more than 60 seniors, while finally utilizing a long-vacant property in Yonkers’ Hollow. With an eco-friendly design and age-friendly amenities, future residents will be able to live and thrive in the community they call home. them. Thank you to our partners at the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers, the Mulford Corporation, the City of Yonkers and the County of Westchester for helping to make this new development a reality.”
Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, said: “NYSERDA is delighted to see construction begin on La Mora Senior Apartments, which when completed will provide access to all-electric affordable housing for low-income seniors in Yonkers that is healthy, resilient and energy-efficient for increased comfort and an enjoyable living experience Projects like this support Governor Hochul’s commitment to achieving two million climate-friendly homes while ensuring that our most vulnerable New Yorkers benefit from clean energy investments.
Representative Jamaal Bowman said: “Finding affordable housing is one of the biggest barriers seniors in my district face. Many seniors in Yonkers have fixed incomes that often don’t offer them much flexibility in an ever-changing rental housing market. evolving and expensive. This housing is being made available to over 60s of our neighbors right here in Yonkers will provide my constituents with a climate-resilient, permanently accessible and affordable community to age in place. I am proud to support this effort and I am committed to making housing more accessible and affordable for everyone.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said: “Once completed, La Mora Senior Apartments will help ensure that more low-income seniors in Yonkers will have safe, sustainable, low-cost housing options and much-needed services while revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood of Yonkers. Yonkers Hollow I am pleased to lead the State Senate which is focused on ways to create more affordable and affordable housing for New Yorkers here and across the state,
Assembly Member Nader Sayegh said: “Yonkers seniors deserve access to affordable housing, which is why I have always voted for increased state financial support for projects such as the La Mora Seniors Apartments. 60 new, energy-efficient apartments for seniors is good news for Yonkers and I applaud the work of New York Homes and Community Renewal, the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers, developer The Mulford Corporation and partner organizations and businesses that are working to make this innovation a reality.”
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “One of my administration’s proudest accomplishments has been working to create affordable housing opportunities for our Westchester residents, especially our seniors. La Mora Senior Apartments in Yonkers will help us meet a critical need we have and to help our seniors feel like they can make a home in our county.We are grateful to Governor Kathy Hochul and our partners at New York State Homes and Community Renewal for leading this project, and we hope to return for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will have a lasting impact on the Yonkers community.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said: “Thank you to the State of New York and the private investors who have come together to help the City of Yonkers improve the lives of all of our residents as we continue to revitalize our neighborhoods. As we see increased housing along the river, it is also important that we provide the same quality housing across the city, especially for our elders who have done so much for our community.”
Wilson Kimball, President and CEO of the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers, said: “The La Mora Seniors Apartments are an example of what can be done nationwide to incorporate sustainable features into affordable housing. Our seniors must be protected from the ravages of climate change such as flooding in areas who still suffer from past practices of redlining which impacted design features such as passive house and on-site emergency power generation are important to the environment as well as the safety of our elderly residents.’ ‘