Omni Housing Development Revitalizes Sustainable Affordable Community

Omni Housing Development has nearly completed Phase 1 of the redevelopment on an affordable housing community in Rome, N.Y., called Liberty Gardens. In addition, the community is designed to be sustainable.

Rome, N.Y.—Omni Housing Development has nearly completed Phase 1 of the redevelopment on an affordable housing community in Rome, N.Y., called Liberty Gardens. In addition, the community is designed to be sustainable.

The community was originally constructed in 1952 under a New York State Public Housing Program. Phase 1 of the project, which is nearly complete, includes three two-story buildings and six new buildings with 78 multifamily units. After a complete gut renovation, several of the buildings were completed earlier this year.

Phase 2 of the renovation is set to begin in September and will include three existing buildings and 50 units. The Phase 2 buildings will include six one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units.

Sustainability is a big part of the Liberty Gardens revitalization. LEED for Homes is providing a template for the design and construction of the housing that is energy efficient, healthy and uses locally produced building materials. The units were also given Energy Star-rated appliances. The units were air sealed to reduce air infiltration.

Other environmentally conscious features include reusing some of the buildings to ensure that fewer materials would be needed for the project. Paints, caulks and adhesives used are designed to emit no or very low levels of VOCs. Rain gardens will reduce runoff from the site.

The architects and engineers for this project include RIDA Architects, 3t Architects, Bergmann Associates and Friedman Fisher Associates. Financing was provided by the Rome Housing Authority, M&T Bank, Community Preservation Corporation and New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The project also received a NYS Public Housing Modernization Grant, Housing Trust Funds and Weatherization Funds. Hudson Housing Capital LLC and JP Morgan Capital Corporation invested the low income housing tax credit equity.

“Omni Housing is gratified to see our efforts at rehabilitating and preserving this significant affordable housing asset bearing initial fruits,” Duncan Barrett, chief operating officer, Omni Housing Development LLC tells MHN. “We are confident that rigorous attention to energy conservation and sustainability will assure that this troubled project is reformed as a healthy and self-sustaining community for decades to come.”