Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $ 20 Million Modernization of Affordable Housing Complex in Herkimer County

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a $ 20 million renovation of the Eastern Gardens Apartments in the village of Herkimer in Herkimer County. Now known as Stone Ridge Mills, the rehabilitated public housing development offers 63 new energy efficient and affordable homes for families.

“We are actively working to create and preserve much needed affordable housing throughout the Mohawk Valley and statewide, as part of our commitment to strengthen community and enable New Yorkers to live safely and securely. in dignity ” Governor Hochul said. “This upgraded Stone Ridge Mills apartment complex will provide modern and affordable housing, providing village residents with a comfortable, affordable and healthy environment.

Built in 1954, the original complex consisted of seven two-story buildings with 48 apartments. The rehabilitation work included new roofs and siding, energy efficient windows, open floor plans, improved security systems, high efficiency lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, new kitchens and bathrooms and Energy Star appliances.

The project also includes the construction of an additional two-storey building with 15 brand new apartments. All buildings meet the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority’s Low Rise Residential New Construction Program, EPA Performance Path with Energy Star, and Enterprise Green Communities standards.

Stone Ridge Mills has 14 one-bedroom apartments, 34 two-bedroom apartments, ten three-bedroom apartments, and five four-bedroom apartments. Most apartments are affordable for households with incomes equal to or less than 50% of the median income in the area.

There are eight fully accessible apartments for residents with reduced mobility and five fully accessible apartments for hearing and visually impaired residents. Seven apartments are reserved for the homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Stone Ridge Mills is conveniently located near public transportation, shopping, a bank, a hospital, and Herkimer College.

An existing Head Start facility that offers free on-site programs for children is moved from the community building to another Herkimer Housing Authority property, Stone Ridge Daycare, so the building can be returned for use as a community space. The rehabilitated community building now features energy efficient mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire extinguishing systems and accessible laundry facilities, as well as new playgrounds and sidewalks.

The developer is the Herkimer Housing Authority, with Edgemere acting as housing consultant. State funding for development comes from New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s allocation of federal and state tax credits for low-income housing, which has generated nearly $ 16 million equity and $ 2.4 million from the public housing preservation program. An additional $ 1.3 million has been provided by UNHCR through the Rural and Urban Investment Fund to finance the relocation and modernization of the Head Start facility. NYSERDA provided $ 63,000 in support.

The rehabilitation of Stone Ridge Mills is part of the state’s unprecedented five-year, $ 20 billion housing plan to make housing accessible and tackle homelessness by building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable housing units and 6 000 housing units with support services. Over the past decade, UNHCR has invested more than $ 265 million in the Mohawk Valley, creating or maintaining nearly 2,600 affordable housing units.

Ruth Anne Visnauskas, UNHCR Commissioner, said, “We are proud to partner with the Herkimer Housing Authority on this $ 20 million project to renovate, expand and preserve affordability at Stone Ridge Mills. The 63 apartments now have modern, energy-efficient features and improved accessibility. Public housing is an essential resource that needs our continued investment so that we can ensure New York families have a home for decades to come. ”

Richard Dowe, Executive Director of the Herkimer Housing Authority (Stone Ridge Residences), said, “We are grateful to have received this funding and are very excited about the opportunity it offers for change. We are better equipped to serve all of our residents, making our apartments a truly inclusive environment. ”

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said, “The completion of the Eastern Garden Apartments public housing development is another step in New York’s expansion of affordable, energy-efficient and healthy housing throughout the state, including for our most vulnerable populations. NYSERDA’s support for the project’s high-performance systems and features reflects the state’s continued commitment to reducing harmful emissions while delivering the benefits of clean energy investments to all New Yorkers. “

Senator Peter Oberacker said, “Quality affordable housing pays dividends to the community in many ways. The renovated Stone Ridge Mills complex meets the key needs of Herkimer County and will be an essential base for families and individuals. Designed with accessibility and energy efficiency in mind, with a focus on much needed child development programs, this housing development is a model that should be followed statewide. ”

Assembly Member Robert J. Smullen said, “The new improvements to Stone Ridge Mills are a welcome investment for owners of affordable housing. The expansion of accessibility options to public transportation, child care services and the overall improvement in the lifestyle of residents are wonderful to see in the Mohawk Valley. “

Vincent J. Bono, chairman of the Herkimer County Council of Legislators, saidStone Ridge Mills is a welcome addition to the residents it serves, providing a vibrant, efficient and affordable living space for the community. This much-needed investment is a model of what affordable and sustainable housing should look like. Congratulations to everyone on this great achievement. “

Mayor Mark Netti said, “This major rehabilitation effort at Stone Ridge Mills ensures that development will continue to provide safe and decent affordable housing for residents for many years to come. The beautifully renovated buildings and improved Head Start facility have made Herkimer a place to be. even better for living, working and raising a family. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this project possible. “

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