UTICA, N.Y. -- The Utica Planning Board will review an application to renovate the Olbiston Apartments during its meeting on Thursday.
In Mid-July, the city deemed the building unlivable due to unsafe conditions and had to relocate all of the residents.
Prior to that, the city took the building owners to court in an attempt to compel them to repair the complex, but no corrective action was taken.
Liberty Affordable Housing wants to renovate the Olbiston Apartments and bring them up to code.
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri saw the living conditions first-hand and says he's hopeful the renovation project will come to fruition.
“We're very optimistic, we've talked to the state. We have collaborated, at this point, the importance to the state with funding, and I’m very much excited at the outcome we are looking at. Until we cross the finish line, I’m optimistic, but I’m not going to start jumping up with excitement until it's signed sealed and delivered,” said Mayor Robert Palmieri.
In the application, the development company says it's procuring historic tax credits through the Department of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation to keep historic finishes where possible.
The renovated complex will have 150 units ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments.
Funding is also coming from New York State Housing and Community Renewal, so the designs will be in compliance with state and ADA accessibility requirements.