(WKTV) - Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente attended a groundbreaking in Rome on Thursday for a brand new 128-unit luxury apartment complex called 'The Delta'.
Picente says he hopes this groundbreaking will just be the beginning of many others.
"It's the snowball effect," he said. "Hopefully, once one starts going, you'll see more and more of this happening."
Picente says upscale housing is needed for the many jobs coming to the region with Nano Utica, as well as the drone testing jobs coming to Griffiss.
Steve Buck, president of Buck Construction, which is building the apartments in Rome on Merrick Road, says Phase One of 'The Delta' is expected to be complete and ready for people to move in by Feb. 1. The rent per unit is expected to be $1,450 per month.
Many homeowners who live across the street from the new development on Merrick Road have been fighting this project since its initial introduction back in February.
One of those, Joe Ferlo, who has lived at his home on Merrick Road for 59 years.
"It was literally railroaded through," he said. "And we had a lot of suggestions, but they were virtually ignored."
Rome Mayor Joe Fusco says he understands the residents view of 'not in my backyard', but says this is a sign of progress for the city of Rome.
"There were concerns and rightfully so," Fusco said. "Our grandparents had to make way. Now it's our turn."