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Port Byron Affordable Housing Complex Opens

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Thursday was the ribbon cutting for the Cayuga County’s newest affordable housing complex. The Port Byron Apartments, located within the Village of Port Byron, features 69 apartments, including 30 that are eligible to receive on-site support services.

“This development enhances Cayuga County’s existing housing stock and creates affordable homes that will increase housing opportunities for all and provide services that will allow older New Yorkers and those in need of support to live independently,” Governor Hochul said. “As Central New York’s economy grows, I remain fully focused on improving affordability in communities both big and small. By replicating developments like The Port Byron Apartments, we can increase housing supply and create opportunities for all New Yorkers to thrive for years to come.”

The new three-story building was erected next to the 39-unit Church Street Apartments which had previously been the Port Byron Central School. Once the new building was complete and the residents from the Church Street Apartments moved into the new complex, the former school was demolished and turned into an outdoor recreation area.

State Senator Rachel May said, “It is absolutely crucial that every individual has access to a safe and supportive place to live. The Port Byron Apartments will play a vital role in transforming the lives of dozens of people, offering them shelter and a solid foundation from which they can receive comprehensive services to help them create a brighter future. Thank you to Governor Hochul for her unwavering support for Central New York and commitment to ensuring that every resident has a comfortable space they can call home.”

In compliance with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Low Rise New Construction housing program, Port Byron Apartments features Energy Star appliances, water-conserving plumbing features, and an electric vehicle charging station. On-site transportation services, a pet park, walking paths, a community garden, a playground, and high-speed internet will also be available to residents.

Assemblymember John Lemondes said, “I’m happy to see the construction of these new affordable and supportive housing units in Cayuga County. Whenever we rally together as a community to help those in need, it is a win for everyone. This is another great step forward in making sure everyone has access to housing and basic necessities. I look forward to seeing the impact this new housing will have on our community as we continue to work toward a better and more affordable New York for all.”

The apartments, developed by DePaul Properties, Inc., are designed to be affordable to households earning up to 60% of the Area Median Income.

$16 million dollars in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $8.7 million in subsidies from New York State Homes and Community Renewal helped with the project. NYSERDA provided $69,000 in project incentives and the Office of Mental Health contributed $235,250 in grant funding to help cover the supportive housing units’ start-up costs.

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