September 17, 2019 – New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced the completion of the first phase of rehabilitation at the Melone Village Apartments in Auburn and the launch of the second phase of redevelopment. Together, the two phases will upgrade, modernize and preserve affordability for 124 apartments. This rehabilitation project complements Central New York Rising, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development.
The Governor’s commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing is reflected in the State’s unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan. The plan makes housing accessible and combats homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable homes and 6,000 with supportive services. The plan is a comprehensive approach to statewide housing issues and includes multi- and single-family housing and community development. Since 2011, HCR has invested $231 million in Central New York that has created or preserved affordable housing for more than 8,000 residents.
Built more than 65 years ago and managed by the Auburn Housing Authority, the scope of work on Melone Village Phase I included the complete gutting and rehabilitation of 14 two-story buildings with 62 homes. Nine apartments have been made fully accessible and adapted for persons with mobility impairment and four apartments have been made fully accessible and adapted for persons with a visual and/or hearing impairment.
Commissioner Visnauskas said, “The upgrade of Melone Village Apartments is a concrete example of the Governor’s commitment to preserving affordable housing in Central New York and around the state. By modernizing our existing public housing stock, we are ensuring that this critical resource remains viable for years to come. The first 62 households in this redevelopment project now have safe, updated and energy-efficient homes that they can be proud to call home.”
The scope of work included installation of new walls, floors, windows, and doors; roof replacement and insulation; updated bathrooms and kitchens with high-efficiency appliances and lighting; modernized electrical wiring and plumbing; and asbestos abatement.
A new community building was constructed with tenant meeting space, offices and maintenance garage, computer lab and laundry facilities. Site improvements included the construction of a new road through the complex to improve access for emergency responders, new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and playgrounds.
The total cost of development was $21.1 million. HCR awarded federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits which generated over $10 million in equity and $7.2 million in subsidy. Additional funding includes $3.1 million from the Auburn Housing Authority and $65,200 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The development team consists of AHA Development Corporation, a not-for-profit affiliate of the Auburn Housing Authority, and 3d Development Group, LLC.
Construction on Phase II of the project began earlier this year and will involve the complete rehabilitation of nine buildings with 62 apartments.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Alicia Barton said, “Melone Village tells the story of how energy efficiency measures can reduce energy usage and provide residents across the state with access to clean, affordable and healthy living spaces. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is prioritizing investments in projects that ensure a high quality of life for our most vulnerable residents while moving us close to ultimately eliminating the state’s carbon footprint.”
Senator Pamela Helming said, “Great things happen when people work together and today is an example of that. This complements the funding the State has invested in rebuilding and revitalizing Auburn’s downtown core. We are doubling down on Auburn’s future! The Auburn Housing Authority, the City of Auburn and the State’s HCR worked seamlessly together to make this project a reality and the children and families of Auburn will benefit tremendously from their partnership. As Senator, I look forward to continuing to work with these three incredible partners to move our community forward and invest in our region’s future.”
Assemblyman Gary D. Finch said, “This welcome State investment is just the latest sign of Auburn’s ongoing revitalization. This is an exciting time to live here. By strengthening Melone Village, we’re strengthening our economic competitiveness and proving our commitment to affordable housing for hard-working families.”
Auburn Mayor Michael D. Quill said, “Thank you to the Governor, the Auburn Housing Authority and all who have been involved with this significant investment in making affordable housing a priority for our City. This is a great step forward for Auburn.”
Stephanie Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Auburn Housing Authority said, “The rehabilitation of Melone Village benefits both the hard-working families residing in the complex and the surrounding homeowners. We appreciate the State’s investment in the revitalization of our west end neighborhood.”
Bruce Levine, President of 3d Development Group, LLC, a co-developer partner, said, “This is another example of Governor Cuomo’s emphasis on public-private partnerships. The State, through HCR, made the resources available to carry out this comprehensive upgrade. The result is a healthier living environment for tenants and a property that is more accessible and energy efficient.”
Accelerating CNY Rising
Today’s announcement complements “Central New York Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development., The State has already investing more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to its lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Auburn, Syracuse, Oswego and Fulton as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the State is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.