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Rome apartment complex gets $22M in upgrades

The city of Rome has completed $22 million in upgrades at the Colonial I Apartments on St. Peter’s Avenue.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 4:00 PM

ROME, N.Y. – The city of Rome has completed $22 million in upgrades at the Colonial I Apartments on St. Peter’s Avenue.

The complex now features 83 units for seniors and those with physical disabilities. There are nine apartments designated for people with limited mobility, and four units for people with visual or hearing impairments.

"As our neighborhoods continue to grow, it is imperative that we provide safe and quality housing options to all segments of the population. This project will provide low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities in Rome with access to modern, energy-efficient and affordable housing," said Sen. Joe Griffo, former mayor of Rome.

Energy efficiency was a priority while renovating the 54-year-old building, which now features LED lighting, new boilers, temperature controls in each apartment and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Upgrades were also made to the roof, insulation, windows, doors and the exterior.

“The failing brick façade was a technically challenging construction problem, but the replacement with a high-performance insulated panel assured the long-term sustainability of the completed property. We are pleased to be able to provide some of the more vulnerable residents of the City of Rome with much needed, high quality affordable housing,” said Duncan Barret, president of Beacon Communities Development, the company that worked on the project.

The apartments are intended for those with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income, using Section 8 project-based vouchers provided through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Assistance Payments contract. 

The Rome Housing Authority and Beacon Communities worked on the development for this project with low-income housing tax credits from Homes and Community Renewal in the amount of $18.8 million, more than $2 million from the Rome Housing Authority and $83,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The state's investment in the complex also supports the Governor's 'Health Across All Policies and Age-Friendly State' initiative which aims to preserve affordable homes for seniors.

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