(WKTV) - The waiting list at North Utica's Humphrey Gardens subsidized housing units is five years long.
But 12 new units may help shorten that list.
Elected leaders and officials with the Municipal Housing Authority broke ground Friday on the new units.
The new units will include five one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom apartments. They'll have less of an institutional and more of a residential look, and they'll offer more than just housing for the people who live in them.
"We'll also have community space -- not only for our residents, but our neighborhood," said Robert Calli, interim executive director of the Municipal Housing Authority. "We'll have a computer lab for our residents, as well as neighbors. And we'll have our new site management offices. It won't be your traditional, institutional look."
The project will cost more than $2 million. Funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Housing Authority's Program Income Fund.