Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Joins Sheen Housing and Partners to Cut Ribbon on Senior Housing
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and federal, state and local leaders joined Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation (Sheen Housing) today for the official opening of Calkins Corners, a new 60-unit affordable housing development for senior citizens. The project was awarded more than $9.1 million through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, injecting more than $11 million into the local economy.
“The opening of Calkins Corners fills a void for affordable senior housing in Monroe County,” said Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman. “Governor Cuomo and our Regional Council have strived to not only strengthen our economy and grow jobs, but also invest in community development projects such as Calkins Corner to improve our region’s quality of life and spur additional growth in our neighborhoods. The importance of affordable housing to quality of life cannot be understated and is key to our Council’s mission of regional prosperity.”
Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR), said, "Calkins Corners offers seniors homes that are both affordable and that have easy access to numerous amenities. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is working with local communities, building partnerships, and investing in projects like Calkins Corners that increase quality of life, provide peace of mind, and grow local economies. HCR is proud to welcome residents to their new homes, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact Calkins Corners will have on seniors, their families, and all of Henrietta.”
“We are eager to welcome seniors, our partners and our community to the official opening of Calkins Corners,” said Sheen Housing President Sherri Catalano. “Many seniors have come together under Calkins Corners’ roof to take advantage of our most ambitious economic development project to date. Sheen Housing has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to seniors by offering comfortable, affordable housing in a convenient, supportive campus setting.”
Sheen Housing acquired the four-acre site in the Town of Henrietta from Wegmans Supermarket, Inc. The three-story development meets green building guidelines and includes handicapped accessibility and safety features, community space, and an outdoor seating area. Calkins Corners is within walking distance of the community senior center, a post office and Wegmans, and is close to parks, schools, and healthcare facilities.
The Regional Economic Development Council initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. The Councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom-up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. As a result of the first two rounds of awards, $1.5 billion in resources have been awarded to support more than 1,400 regionally significant economic development and community revitalization projects that are creating or helping to retain an estimated 75,000 jobs across the Empire State and generating investments to grow the economy.
As part of that process, Sheen Housing was awarded more than $9.1 million in fixed-rate tax-exempt bonds and construction mortgage loan and State Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The award generated more than $11 million in economic development and leveraged financing from a variety of partners including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, said, “Sheen Housing continues to provide high quality facilities and housing for seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and families across 13 counties in New York State. Today’s grand opening of the Calkins Corners Senior Apartments will bring safe and affordable housing for our seniors right here to Henrietta, providing new living space that will be an asset to the whole community."
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said, “I am so proud to congratulate the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the other state and local partners on the grand opening of Calkins Corners today. I am especially pleased to commend the Sheen Foundation who has served as a model of philanthropy, volunteerism and citizenship through service in our community for many years. I have long believed that access to housing is essential to building a healthy, prosperous community. As a strong supporter of initiatives to expand and improve all Americans’ access to safe, quality housing, I am so pleased to know that the Calkins Road 60-unit apartments will continue to offer our neighbors a safe and affordable place to live.”
State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, “Today’s ribbon cutting is the product of state and local government working closely with area stakeholders to identify and address the needs of our community and its residents. Calkins Corners will provide modern, affordable and accessible housing for independent seniors looking for opportunities to stay in their home community and will add to the growing vibrancy of Henrietta and Monroe County.”
Assemblymember Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, our federal partners, and the members of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council in partnering with Sheen Housing and ensuring that Calkins Corners is now a reality. This ribbon cutting represents our ongoing commitment to our seniors and their families. Calkins Corners also points to a community that cares and works together for the benefit of all of its residents.”
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) consists of all the State’s major housing and community renewal agencies, including the Housing Finance Agency, the Affordable Housing Corporation, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others. HCR is committed to collaborating with partners, and keeping homes affordable and communities strong by protecting access to one million rent-regulated apartments, managing a portfolio of more than 190,000 multifamily units, and administering more than $1.5 billion each year to expand affordable housing opportunities and build strong communities throughout New York State.
To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. For information on how the New New York is working for businesses and the Finger Lakes, please visit www.thenewny.com.