Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $21 Million Affordable Housing Development in Monroe
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of construction of a $21 million affordable housing project in the Chilean town in Monroe County. Hubbard Springs Apartments offers 72 energy-efficient homes, including 11 apartments reserved for people with physical disabilities or recovering from traumatic brain injury. The development offers affordable family homes in a vibrant community in the high-performing Churchville-Chile Central School District.
“Housing is a human right, and in New York, we are taking bold steps to ensure everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home,” Governor Hochul said. “Our investment here in Chile not only expands access to housing, it helps us build more diverse and accessible communities where everyone can thrive. We will continue to address the housing crisis with projects like Hubbard Springs that help ensure high-quality affordable housing, improve the lives of residents and strengthen neighborhoods.”
Hubbard Springs Apartments is part of Governor Hochul’s sweeping plans to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable. The Governor introduced and successfully secured, in the recently passed State Budget, a comprehensive new five-year, $25 billion housing plan that will increase housing supply by creating or preserving 100,000 affordable homes in New York, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations, plus the electrification of an additional 50,000 homes.
Hubbard Springs Apartments consists of a single two-story building with 24 apartments and six two-story buildings, each containing eight apartments. The seven newly constructed buildings are located on Union Square Boulevard in Chile City and are connected by crosswalks and sidewalks.
Chili City and the Hamlet of North Chili are considered neighborhoods with more opportunity due to their access to a high-performing school district and lower poverty rates. The development is conveniently located half a mile from the center of the hamlet of North Chili with pharmacies, post office, grocery store, gas station and other retail facilities, and the town’s Hubbard Park is within walking distance. only a quarter of a mile.
Energy efficient features include Energy Star appliances and LED lighting, windows, insulation, air sealing and additional measures to improve indoor air quality, maximize resident comfort and reduce overall energy consumption and costs.
There are 11 apartments reserved for people with physical disabilities or traumatic brain injury who have access to on-site services provided by the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. An additional 11 apartments are designed to be accessible to people with reduced mobility or hearing/visual impairment.
The other units are intended for households whose income is equal to or less than 70% of the median income of the region. There are 24 one bedroom apartments, 24 two bedroom apartments and 24 three bedroom apartments.
Residential facilities include a 24/7 laundry and fitness area, community room with kitchenette, computer room, and office space for the support service provider. Outdoor facilities include a fenced playground.
The development team includes Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, Ltd. and Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc.
State funding for Hubbard Springs Apartments includes federal low-income housing tax credits that generated approximately $10.9 million in equity and $6.4 million in grants from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has committed more than $63,000 in support. In addition, the Community Preservation Corporation is providing a permanent loan of $2.8 million through its partnership with the New York State Common Retirement Fund.
Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “Hubbard Spring Apartments offers low- and middle-income individuals and families the opportunity to live affordably in an economically prosperous, resource-rich community. With 72 energy-efficient apartments and excellent amenities, new residents of Hubbard Springs will benefit a strong school district, nearby recreation, and easy access to retail and other services.In addition, eleven people with physical disabilities will receive the support they need to live independently in comfortable surroundings. Together with Rochester’s Cornerstone Group and Sheen Housing, we’re making Chile a more inclusive, affordable and even better place to live.”
Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, said: “Hubbard Springs Apartments will provide vulnerable Monroe County families with increased access to affordable housing that includes essential support services and the energy savings and comforts of an energy-efficient home. The state is committed to reduce harmful emissions while ensuring that all New Yorkers benefit equitably from the transition to a clean energy economy.”
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said: “The Hubbard Springs development is a welcome addition to the Rochester community, providing much-needed affordable, supportive housing for New Yorkers with disabilities. I am grateful that our state pension fund can invest in projects like this that provide a safe return to its members, but also benefit New York communities. I look forward to our continued collaboration with the Community Preservation Corporation and Governor Hochul’s administration in creating new affordable housing for New Yorkers. .
State Senator Edward Rath III said: “Providing quality housing options for everyone in our community is essential. I’m excited to see these developments happening in Chile.”
Assemblyman Harry Bronson said: “Housing is a basic human right and we must do all we can to provide safe and stable housing for our families. Housing is health care, housing is economic opportunity. Hubbard Springs will provide our families all of these things and more – including 11 apartments for people with physical disabilities or recovering from traumatic brain injury. I’m proud to see this development in Chile City. Thank you, Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, Ltd., and Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. for pioneering this important project.”
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said: “Access to a safe, secure, high-quality and affordable place to call home is the cornerstone of stability and quality of life for individuals and families. Projects like Hubbard Springs help strengthen our communities. Thank you Governor Hochul and New York State Homes and Community Renewal for making this project possible, and Rochester’s Cornerstone Group and the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation for investing here in Monroe County.”
Chile City Supervisor David Dunning said: “Quality affordable housing is a key component of a strong community. Having a safe and affordable place to call home is a fundamental right for everyone. We welcome those who will soon be living in Chile.
Miriam Zinter, mortgage officer with the Community Preservation Corporation, said“It’s amazing to see the transformation of this site and to know that the housing we celebrate today will be an anchor for the community for decades to come. The 72 affordable apartments will provide residents, including those who are recovering from traumatic brain injury, with the stability and opportunity to build a better future for themselves.We are also proud to have helped fund affordable, energy-efficient property, bringing healthy, sustainable homes to the Chilean community. My thanks to the Cornerstone Group of Rochester, Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation the Center for Disability Rights, and Comptroller DiNapoli and our partners at the State Pension Fund.”
Kevin LoCicero, Chairman of the Board of Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc., said: “Sheen Housing is honored for its continued partnership with the Cornerstone Group of Rochester to provide safe and affordable housing to our community. Our deep commitment and investment in expanding safe and affordable housing options is never more evident than ‘here in Hubbard Springs where residents have access to quality, stable housing.’
Rochester Cornerstone Group President Roger W. Brandt, Jr. said: “Cornerstone Group of Rochester is proud to have developed, with our co-developers at Sheen Housing, Hubbard Springs Apartments in Chile Town. The town has been the site of many Cornerstone developments over the years and Hubbard Springs will add to the diversity of Chile. Cornerstone is delighted to celebrate with our partners and funders who have helped make this development possible.”
Managing Director of Community Development Banking, Chase, David Walsh said: “It is exciting for us to see Hubbard Springs Apartments open to provide residents of Chile with safe, stable and affordable housing. We are proud to have worked with local leaders like the Cornerstone Group of Rochester and the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc., who are committed to community development and the creation of affordable housing in areas where it is needed.”
Accelerate Finger Lakes Forward
Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan emphasizes investment in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million investment from the state through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The state’s $500 million investment will spur private businesses to invest well over $2.5 billion — and the region’s plan, as submitted, calls for up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.