Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $20 Million Upgrade of Affordable Housing Development in Herkimer County

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

“We work aggressively to create and maintain much-needed affordable housing in the Mohawk Valley and across the state, in our commitment to empowering the community and helping New Yorkers live safely and with dignity,” Governor Hochul said:. “This upgraded apartment complex in Stone Ridge Mills offers modern and affordable housing and provides villagers with a comfortable, affordable and healthy environment.”

The original complex, built in 1954, consisted of seven two-storey buildings with 48 apartments. Rehabilitation works include new roofs and siding, energy-efficient windows, open floor plans, improved security systems, high-efficiency lighting, low-flow plumbing, 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 standards of the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority’s low-rise residential new construction program, EPA’s Performance Path with Energy Star and those of Enterprise Green Communities.

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 earning at or below 50 percent of the region’s median income.

There are eight fully accessible apartments for the hearing impaired and five fully accessible apartments for the hearing/visually impaired. There are seven apartments reserved for the homeless or homeless.

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

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

The developer is the Herkimer Housing Authority with Edgemere as a housing consultant. State funding for the development is through New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s allocation of federal and state low-income tax credits, which raised nearly $16 million in equity and $2.4 million from the public housing conservation program. An additional $1.3 million was allocated by HCR through the Rural and Urban Community Investment Fund to fund the relocation and upgrade of the Head Start facility. NYSERDA offered $63,000 in support.

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

RuthAnne Visnauskas, HCR Commissioner, said:“We are proud to partner with the Herkimer Housing Authority on this $20 million project to renovate, expand and maintain affordability in Stone Ridge Mills. All 63 apartments now feature modern and energy-efficient features and upgraded Accessibility. Housing is a critical resource that requires our continued investment so we can ensure New York’s families have a place to call 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 we are very excited about the opportunity it presents 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:Completion of the Eastern Garden Apartments public housing development is another step forward in New York’s expansion of affordable, energy-efficient and healthy housing across the state, including for our most vulnerable populations. NYSERDA’s support for the project’s high-performance systems and features reflects the state’s ongoing commitment to reducing harmful emissions while providing all New Yorkers with the benefits of clean energy investments.”

Senator Peter Oberacker said:“Quality, affordable housing benefits the community in so many ways. The renovated Stone Ridge Mills complex addresses key needs in Herkimer County and will provide a critical base for families and individuals. Designed with accessibility and energy efficiency, along with an eye toward much-needed child development programs, this housing development is a model to be followed statewide.”

Assembly Member Robert J. Smullen said:“The new upgrades to Stone Ridge Mills are a welcome investment for affordable housing customers. The expansion of public transportation accessibility options, childcare facilities and the overall improvement in residents’ lifestyles is wonderful to see in the Mohawk Valley.”

Vincent J. Bono, chairman of the Herkimer County Board of Legislators, said:Stone Ridge Mills is a welcome addition to the residents it serves and provides 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 the 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 an even better place to live , work and raise a family. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this project possible.”

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