ROME, N.Y. – Two local affordable housing projects have been awarded $9 million from the state – one located in Utica and the other in Rome.
The City of Rome is getting $4.6 million to help build the new Copper City Lofts complex downtown by City Hall.
The city was awarded $10 million through New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) in 2018, and designated $500,000 from that funding toward construction of the apartment complex.
The mixed-use building will include 64 apartments and ground floor commercial space. It will be located in what is now the parking lot at 183 W. Dominick St. across from the City Hall green.
Kearney Realty & Development Group is overseeing the $16.6 million project. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall.
The Johnson Park Apartments planned for Utica's Corn Hill neighborhood will receive $4.4 million from the state. The complex will house 62 apartments, including 33 for seniors and adults who use support services.
The state funding was awarded through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $20 billion Housing and Homelessness Plan, which aims to provide affordable housing across New York. More than $98 million was distributed to 20 development projects in this round of funding. The plan is expected to create more than 100,000 housing units statewide overall.