UTICA – An $11 million apartment complex renovation in the city of Utica is now complete.
The former Jeffrey Hardware building on Bleecker Street, which was built in 1893 and sat vacant for eight years, has been transformed into 49 apartments with the help of a New York State grant.
The building is now known as Asteri Utica and it includes one- and two-bedroom apartments, a fitness center, two offices and a community space. The building also includes 12 unites for individuals with developmental disabilities.
A state official who attended the ribbon cutting event on Wednesday says that grants like the one that made this project possible are designed to improve downtown areas all over the state.
“This project, Asteri Utica, is a part of the governor’s $20 billion Affordable and Homeless Housing Plan and we are doing projects like this – 49 units here in Utica – but we are doing this from Buffalo to Brooklyn and everywhere in between, where we are making investments to revitalize existing buildings to provide affordable housing and to provide housing for people with services who need a place to live and committees that they call home,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, commissioner for New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
Residents have already moved into the newly renovated building.
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