Major repair and renovation project begins in Rochester

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Construction started on major repairs and renovations at two distressed apartment buildings in Rochester.

The renovations will overhaul the badly deteriorated apartments and preserve housing for 63 residents, including 20 units of supportive housing for previously incarcerated residents with a history of substance abuse to live independently in the community, according to a statement issued by the governor’s office.

The rehabilitation was financed with $10 million in resources that Governor Andrew Cuomo, in collaboration with Enterprise Community Partners, directed go toward preserving the long-term affordability of this community.

The two buildings in Rochester’s 19th Ward, located at 447 Thurston Rd. and 963-971 Chili Ave., contain a total of 63 studio and one-bedroom apartments. The apartments have a history of code violations and public health and safety issues that the landlord neglected to remedy. This includes raw sewage leaks, water system damage, and insect and rodent infestations.

Home Leasing is the owner, developer and property manager. Work will include new roofs, security systems, mechanical systems, kitchens, baths and finishes, asbestos abatement and appliances.

The newly renovated apartments will be eligible to households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income. The properties will be subject to a 30-year regulatory agreement to ensure ongoing affordability and asset management.

New York’s Homes and Community Renewal agency is also working with Home Leasing on a plan to rebuild a nearby property at 440 Thurston Road that was demolished after a devastating fire last year. The new building will create additional affordable housing.

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