Governor Hochul announces $ 27 million renovation of affordable seniors housing complex in Rochester

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of renovations to St. Bernard’s Park Apartments, an affordable housing development for adults 55 and older in Rochester. The $ 27 million rehabilitation preserves affordability, increases energy efficiency and improves the quality of life for 160 households.

“Safe and reliable housing should be available to all New Yorkers, regardless of their age or income. ” Governor Hochul said. “However, for seniors on fixed incomes, it has become increasingly difficult to afford a quality home. Through our investment in St. Bernard’s Park Apartments, we are protecting a vital resource for Rochester’s seniors and improving the quality of life for current and future people. residents.”

The 14-acre St. Bernard Park was originally built as a seminary in 1891. In the early 1990s, New York State Homes and Community Renewal restored the six historic buildings on campus and converted them into 147 affordable apartments. The new renovation upgraded the existing apartments and transformed the underutilized space into 13 additional residences.

The scope of the rehabilitation focused on increasing energy efficiency with solar panels, replacing the roof, high efficiency plumbing and electrical appliances, optimizing HVAC and LED lighting in buildings. apartments and common areas. Other upgrades included paint, new flooring, sinks and appliances, and new bathroom fixtures. Common areas have been upgraded with new flooring, lighting and paint.

The complex’s security, fire alarm and intercom systems have been upgraded and new emergency lighting has been installed. Exterior improvements included repointing masonry and resurfacing parking lots.

The 160 apartments are affordable for households aged 55 or over whose income is equal to or less than 60% of the region’s median income. There are 14 studios, 120 one-bedroom apartments and 26 two-bedroom apartments.

St. Bernard’s Park Apartments are located in the Maplewood / Charlotte neighborhood, along the banks of the Genesee River, and are located close to shops, restaurants, supermarkets, federal and state government offices, places of worship, parks and several hospitals. Several bus lines run along Lake Avenue, as well as two stops directly on the property, connecting the development to surrounding areas, including downtown Rochester.

The developer is CB Emmanuel Realty. Edgemere Development served as a consultant.

State funding for St. Bernard’s Park Apartments includes permanent tax-exempt bonds of $ 2 million, federal tax credits for low-income housing which generated $ 5.8 million in equity and $ 9.2 million in grants from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has provided federal and state historic tax credits that generated $ 6 million in equity and the Research and New York State Energy Development Fund provided $ 56,000. The City of Rochester provided $ 600,000.

UNHCR Commissioner Ruth Anne Visnauskas said, “This $ 27 million investment in historic St. Bernard’s Park apartments preserves affordability for 160 households and ensures that the development will continue to serve the community of Rochester for decades to come. The renovated apartments now include modern, energy efficient features that contribute to a healthier environment for residents while significantly reducing energy costs. The ongoing COVID pandemic has demonstrated how essential secure homes are to protecting New Yorkers and we are grateful to CB Emmanuel for their exceptional efforts in preserving this unique and beautiful property.

St. Bernard’s Park Apartments are part of the state’s unprecedented five-year, $ 20 billion housing plan. Homes and Community Renewal is in the final year of the plan, which makes housing accessible and tackles homelessness by building and preserving more than 100,000 affordable housing units and 6,000 supportive housing units. Since 2011, New York State Homes and Community Renewal has invested $ 688 million in the Finger Lakes region to create or maintain nearly 8,000 affordable housing units.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “The former St. Bernard Park, once a seminary and later a property of Kodak, was listed on the National and National Register of Historic Places in 1996 following a transformation into senior housing in the service of the large community of Rochester. Today, 25 years later, the site has been able to access historic tax credits for further improvements and preservation of the site, demonstrating the importance of using the program in upgrading. update of existing adaptive reuse projects across the state. ”

Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “The City of Rochester is proud to support the renovation of St. Bernard’s Park Apartments, which provide much needed affordable housing for our seniors and preserve one of the city’s finest historic landmarks. Through our partnerships with the New York State government and the private sector, we are rebuilding our city and bringing jobs and opportunities to our residents. I would like to thank CB Emmanuel Realty, Governor Kathy Hochul and the many agencies in New York State who have supported this project for making this investment in our city and for helping us move forward our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens. “

Managing Director / Co-Owner, CB-Emmanuel Realty, LLC. Benathan Upshaw said, “The size and scope of St. Bernard’s Park Apartments will have significant positive impacts throughout the community, especially for seniors. This unique and expansive project will continue to provide residents with a high quality and affordable living space that older people deserve and connect them to services through Lifespan, our social service partner. ”

Senator Jeremy Cooney said, “Affordable housing for vulnerable populations, such as our seniors, is essential for us to create and maintain safe, inclusive and caring spaces in our community. This collaborative investment from state and federal partners will help equip St. Bernard to become a more equitable and environmentally sustainable housing resource that will ensure residents of Charlotte and Maplewood have access to affordable housing for years to come. to come. I applaud the state and local partnerships that have made this restoration work possible. “

Assembly member Sarah Clark said, “Today is an exciting day for the Maplewood and Charlotte neighborhoods as we welcome this incredibly timely project to St. Bernard’s Park. Now more than ever, quality, affordable senior housing is needed in our greater region. Rochester community. This renovation further helps our beloved neighbors and family members age in their homes, and it is a significant investment in the critical sustainability efforts that support improved quality of life. the chance to have in our own backyard beautiful and historic architecture like the one we see here at St. Bernard Park. I am grateful that this investment will help preserve and keep it thriving for years to come. ”

Finger Lakes acceleration forward
Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan focuses on investing in key industries, including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a state investment of $ 500 million through the Northern State Revitalization Initiative. The state’s $ 500 million investment will spur private companies to invest well over $ 2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, foresees up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.


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