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Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking on $12.5 Million Affordable Housing Complex in Corning

August 11, 2016

Lamphear Court Apartments to Add 60 Apartments for Low-Income Families and Individuals

Project Advances Southern Tier Soaring – Region’s Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiative to Grow the Economy and Create New Opportunities


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction has begun on Lamphear Court Apartments, a new 60-unit affordable housing development at 77 Lamphear Court in Corning, NY. The new three-story building will feature 48 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartment units – 22 of the units will be designated for people in need of supportive housing services. The development is part of Governor Cuomo's unprecedented commitment to affordable housing and community renewal, which includes $20 billion for comprehensive statewide affordable housing and homelessness action plans.

“Affordable housing is critical to strengthening Upstate communities and growing local economies,” Governor Cuomo said. “Every New Yorker needs and deserves a safe and affordable place to call home, and Lamphear Court Apartments is the latest development to make that a reality. This administration is continuing to support resurgent communities across the state, and today we are putting that commitment into high-gear in the Southern Tier.”

Lamphear Court Apartments:
Consistent with the City of Corning’s Master Plan and the Corning Housing Strategy, the new complex will significantly improve available housing options, and provide energy-efficient, modern apartments in an area that formerly contained antiquated and dilapidated housing.

Apartments will be available to eligible low-income individuals and families, and individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who require supportive services, yet would benefit from living independently in an integrated environment.

Support program offices will be co-located on site to foster improved health outcomes in place of repeated costly hospitalizations for high-need Medicaid clients. The gross rents (rent plus utilities) will range from $531 to $725 a month, and will be affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income.

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner James S. Rubin said, “When we finance new affordable developments, we look to create vibrant and lasting mixed-use developments that strengthen the community and are in keeping with their own needs, goals and aspirations for growth. That is the core of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s housing and community development philosophy, and this is borne out in our programs and practices. Since 2012, the State has invested more than $3.1 billion in growing the region’s economy. HCR continues to make investments that create the opportunity for more people to live in high-quality affordable homes, and at the same time add to the vibrancy of neighborhoods.”

New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “The Office of Mental Health is excited to break ground on a new supportive housing development in New York State. The Lamphear Court Apartments will offer individuals with behavioral health issues on-site resources and supports as they pursue their recovery and future success. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the Office of Mental Health has developed over 6,000 units of supportive housing over the past four years, housing which helps New Yorkers live healthier and happier lives in their home communities.”

Funding is made possible through HCR’s Housing Trust Fund, Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) capital funds, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The NYS Office of Mental Health is also providing capital funds. Both HCR and OMH are offering rental subsidies, and construction financing is being provided by US Bank.

The Governor established the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) in 2012 with the mission to identify more positive therapeutic results for Medicaid clients while simultaneously identifying savings on Medicaid expenditures. In what was a win for the state and a win for vulnerable New Yorkers, the MRT found $34.3 billion in savings for taxpayers, with Medicaid Redesign Team Program funding subsidizing supportive housing.

Senator Tom O'Mara said, "This new $12.5-million housing development is possible because of an effective foundation of public, private and nonprofit sector involvement. Lamphear Court Apartments is responsive to the ongoing revitalization of the City of Corning and the quality of life of its residents – particularly those who are low-income and whose housing choices are limited. I appreciate all of our partners who are making this new housing possible, particularly Arbor Housing and Development, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and Governor Cuomo for advancing an aggressive affordable housing agenda."

Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano said, “Investments such as this help build on our efforts to continue the revitalization of Corning. Just as important as the economic development focused on our downtown – like the recent announcement on the new Hilton Garden Inn – is the continued redevelopment of our aging residential neighborhoods. The Lamphear Gardens project is an example of this investment and helps send a strong signal that we are dedicated to securing and strengthening our community and making it a better place to live.”

City of Corning Mayor Rich Negri said, “This project fits right in with our City’s Housing Strategy and is leading the way to better housing in the City of Corning.”

Southern Tier Regional EDC representative Tom Tranter said, “Housing that will be available in Lamphear Court fills a void in the City of Corning. These one- and two-bedroom apartments will provide a healthy and safe environment for some of our most needy individuals and families. These are the types of investments that directly address quality of life issues and will have a tremendous positive impact on the community as a whole.”

Arbor Housing and Development Board Chair Scott Ryan said, “Arbor Housing and Development, its staff and Board of Directors are very excited to be working with the City of Corning and New York State Homes and Community Renewal to improve the affordable housing opportunities. Lamphear Court Apartments will provide modern, high quality and energy efficient apartments that will enhance the neighborhood, community and city and is consistent with the City of Corning’s Master Plan and the Housing Strategy. Lamphear Court apartments is a win/win for everyone involved.”

Arbor Housing and Development CEO Jeffrey Eaton said, “Arbor is excited to begin the redevelopment of a blighted site that has been in serious need of upgrade for many years and to support the City of Corning’s Housing Strategy of revitalizing Corning’s neighborhoods and increasing the availability of safe and affordable housing.”

The Lamphear Court Apartments affordable housing development is part of Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented commitment to affordable housing and community renewal, which includes $20 billion for comprehensive statewide housing and homelessness action plans. Over the next five years, the $10 billion housing initiative will create and preserve 100,000 affordable housing units across the State, and the $10 billion homelessness action plan will create 6,000 new supportive housing beds, 1,000 emergency beds, and a variety of expanded homelessness services. The Lamphear Court development team is led by Arbor Housing and Development, a non-profit corporation committed to building independence and creating housing options. The architect is Silvestri Architects.

For additional information on Lamphear Court Apartments, visit: www.arbordevelopment.org or call 607-654-7487 ext. 2046.

Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest.

Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

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