New Apartment Building Boosts Affordable Housing in Herkimer NY
The new apartment building at the corner of Harter and Steuben streets in Herkimer has been completed.
“We are looking for tenants,” said Richard Dowe, executive director of the Herkimer Housing Authority.
Construction of the new 15-unit building on HHA’s Eastern Gardens property was part of the initial phase of HHA’s multi-million dollar project to improve its available apartments and create more affordable housing in the village.
The $ 22 million project also included renovating all apartments in Eastern Gardens and building a new daycare center on John Avenue, adjacent to the Housing Authority’s Creekside Courts complex.
The developer of the project was Edgemere Development of Rochester, while Charles A. Gaetano Construction was the general contractor.
There are no age restrictions for potential tenants, but household composition will be taken into account during placement, noted Kris Crossett, maintenance supervisor for the Housing Authority.
Some apartments in the new building are designed for people with disabilities. The stoves and counters are lower and there is room to roll a wheelchair under the counter and sink.
Two apartments are designed for the hearing or visually impaired and include features like louder doorbells and strobe lights, Crossett said.
There is a laundromat to serve tenants in the building, Dowe said.
Joan Parsons and Judy McClouskey moved into their two-bedroom apartment on the second floor of the new building in April. McClouskey pointed out that her bedroom is large enough to accommodate a table in addition to a bed and other furniture. There are cupboards for storage and a large bathroom as well as a kitchen and living area.
During the renovations at Eastern Gardens, the current tenants were moved to other HHA apartments. Some were reluctant to move, Crossett said, but at the end of the process they had a brand new apartment.
Anyone looking for information can call 315-866-2252 or visit the website at www.herkimerhousing.org.
Passers-by may notice the name “Stone Ridge” and a new logo on the new apartment building and new daycare center.
Dowe explained that the HHA is working hard to move away from its current name and chose Stone Ridge because that was the original name for the Herkimer region. The land on which the settlement stood was called “The Stone Ridge” in colonial times.
When he explained the plans to village officials nearly two years ago, Dowe said HHA would offer affordable housing at market rent and the apartments would be a bit upscale for low-income housing funded by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
While the goal is always to provide affordable housing, he said, it would be made affordable through New York State tax credits. Banks and businesses are partnering with HHA under the New York State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program to help fund the project.
Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency staff members were busy setting up their classrooms in the new daycare on Tuesday afternoon. MVCAA leases the structure of its Head Start programs, which will serve children aged 18 months to five years from income-eligible families. Classes can accommodate up to 52 children.
Current programs at Creekside Courts and Eastern Gardens will be consolidated into one program at the John Avenue facility. The space freed up in Eastern Gardens and Creekside Courts will be transformed into community halls, Dowe said.
The $ 40 million Phase 2 project, which is slated to begin in the fall, will include remodeling all of the Creekside Courts apartments on Protection Avenue and Midtown Apartments on North Prospect Street in the village, where some of the apartments will be changed. from studio to one bedroom units.
This phase also includes the full rehabilitation of the Nathan Castle Apartments, located in the former Tuger Primary School on South Washington Street. The housing authority acquired the apartments at Nathan Castle last year, Dowe said. There will be 16 apartments available there.
A 24-unit, two-story apartment building will be constructed on a plot between the daycare center and East Steele Street, adjacent to the Creekside Apartments. These will be one or two bedroom apartments, while apartments up to four bedrooms will be available in the Creekside complex, Crossett said.
The old dilapidated bottling plant at the corner of East Steele and King streets will be demolished and the space converted into a parking lot for the new building.
The project is expected to last from 18 months to two years.
Donna Thompson is the Times Telegram’s government and business reporter. Email him at [email protected]