Utica, N.Y. - The controversial apartment complex on Sunset Avenue in Utica built by the Kelberman Center is almost complete and set to open this summer.
If you have driven by the complex recently you can see there is still plenty of work to be done.
New Kelberman Center Executive Director Tara Costello says there are 60 apartments, 48 of which will for moderate income people in the community and the other 12 for people with autism or disabilities, "The intent of the project really is about a community setting with mix used apartments. We have 60 units, affordable units in South Utica, that allows for 48 individuals, and have a beautiful setting, and we have 12 units dedicated for individuals with disabilities. The concept and mission behind this project is really about social inclusion and allowing individuals to live within others and provide support at the same time."
Costello calls this complex an inclusive living community for people of all abilities, the first-ever of its kind in New York State.
Costello expects a lot more than 48 people to apply for the moderate income apartments.
The deadline to apply for those apartments is May 4th and a live lottery will be held on May 11th to choose which 48 people get the apartments.
To apply for those 48 apartments, head to : kelbermancenter.org
The other 12 apartments, specifically for people with autism or other disabilities, will be filled under a different selection process.
To apply for those, people are urged to call the Kelberman Center at (315) 797-6241 and talk through the process.