Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Joins Sheen Housing and Partners to Break Ground on Senior Housing
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and federal, state and local leaders joined Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation (Sheen Housing) yesterday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for 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 last year, and will inject more than $11 million into the local economy.
"Preserving quality of life remains a top priority for the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council," said Co-Chairs Danny Wegman and Joel Seligman. "Calkins Corners was awarded more funding than any other project in our region during last year's regional council process. It will help ensure that seniors in our area have access to quality and affordable housing for years to come, while providing a significant economic impact for our community."
New York State Homes & Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl C. Towns said, "Calkins Corners will provide quality homes and peace of mind for seniors in an area with a scarcity of affordable senior housing-all in close proximity to shopping and other conveniences. By working together to develop affordable senior housing, we can increase quality of life in communities, create jobs and economic activity, and make neighborhoods more vibrant. This was Governor Cuomo's goal for the Regional Economic Development Councils, and I thank the Finger Lakes Regional Council members, Sheen Housing, HUD, everyone who supported this project and is working to bring it to life."
Sherri Catalano, President, Sheen Housing said, "Sheen Housing is pleased to be a part of Calkins Corners, which will provide 60 apartments to seniors in Henrietta. For those of us involved in the process and for those in the community, it is a happy occasion to be breaking ground and welcoming the seniors in our area to be a part of it. I want to thank the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and all of our partners for their support of this exciting development."
Calkins Corner is expected to create approximately 125 construction jobs and 1.5 permanent jobs. Sheen Housing acquired the four-acre site in the Town of Henrietta from Wegmans Supermarket, Inc. The three-story development will meet green building guidelines and include handicapped accessibility and safety features, community space, and an outdoor seating area. Calkins Corners will be within walking distance of the community senior center, a post office and Wegmans, and is close to parks, schools, and healthcare facilities.
In 2011, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans. 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 will generate more than $11 million in economic development as well as leverage 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 "The Sheen Housing provides seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and families with safe and affordable housing in 13 counties across New York State. The groundbreaking of the Calkins Corners Senior Apartments will benefit seniors right here in Henrietta, providing new living space that will be an asset to the whole community."
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said, "For years the Sheen Foundation has helped the most vulnerable in our community achieve the basic human need of safe, quality housing. The Calkins Corner project is the latest chapter in these efforts and I congratulate the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation on this exciting initiative. I look forward to our seniors moving in to their new homes."
State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, "This groundbreaking demonstrates that when state government works with local stakeholders to identify and address the needs of our community, progress is the result. Calkins Corners will provide modern, affordable and accessible housing for independent seniors looking for opportunities to stay in their home communities and 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, 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 groundbreaking represents jobs for our families and a commitment to our seniors. Calkins Corners also represents 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 Affordable Housing Corporation, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Housing Finance Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others.
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.