Upstate NY Affordable Senior Project Breaks Ground

Durand Senior Apartments in Irondequoit is set to provide 70 units and will include on-site health-care facilities.

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New York State-funded Durand Senior Apartments, a 70-unit, $17.5 million development, has broken ground in Irondequoit, N.Y. The affordable senior housing community is set to replace two abandoned churches and will house St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand. The Rochester-area center is slated to offer medical and social services to eligible 55-plus seniors.

Located at 4225 and 4250 Culver Road, the two-building project will also feature seven wheelchair-accessible apartments and three units designed for residents with hearing and visual impairments. Each unit will come with a fully equipped kitchen, Energy Star appliances, central air conditioning and individually controlled heat and electricity. Planned common area amenities include:

  • off-street parking
  • emergency call system
  • Intercom entry
  • elevator access
  • laundry on each floor
  • community room

Complex funding

The upcoming development is one of the several projects taking shape after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a five-year, $20 billion state-wide affordable housing plan. The development is part of Finger Lakes Forward, a $500 million regional initiative for revitalizing the community and boosting the economy in the Rochester area. 

Durand Senior Apartments received $4.7 million in financing from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Additional funding came from Monroe County HOME funds and the New York State Energy Research and Development—$350,000 and $63,000.

HCR’s $4.7 million investment in Durand Senior Apartments is another example of the Governor’s commitment to move the Finger Lakes forward and help seniors live safely and affordably in their communities. This forward-thinking development will provide not only homes, but a central place for Irondequoit seniors to gather with friends, enjoy a good meal, and access the health and wellness services that add to quality of life,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, in a prepared statement.