Rochester’s Cornerstone Group Ltd., New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Rochester Regional Health, Genesis Housing Development Corp., Rochester Housing Authority and local public and private sector partners recently broke ground on Cornerstone Pointe Apartments, a 66-unit development for low income persons ages 62 and older.
The investment enhances Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s economic development initiative that creates opportunities for individuals and families and revitalizes communities throughout the Finger Lakes.
The development adjacent to Long Pond Senior Housing and Greece Baptist Church near Ridge Road will feature 66 one- and two-bedroom apartments for low income seniors. Half the units will be set aside for senior citizens enrolled in Medicaid. RRH and its affiliates will provide supportive services.
“We are proud to combine our resources and our expertise with that of our private sector partners for a development that will provide a safe place for more than 60 senior New Yorkers to live independently as a vital part of the larger community in the town of Greece,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, HCR commissioner.
The 70,000 square foot complex is being built on a 4.4 acre site. The first floor will feature a manager’s office, sitting room, community room, patio, supportive services office and computer workstations. Seven units will be fully accessible and move-in ready for persons with mobility impairments featuring lowered counter tops and cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms and roll-in showers. Three units will be built to accommodate persons with vision or hearing impairments, featuring horn and strobe light units, doorbells tied to chimes and lights and visually distinct electrical outlets and switches.
The neighborhood offers access to various community services such as public transportation, retail shopping, pharmacy and health services and the Mall at Greece Ridge.
The $14.3 million project is being financed through several HCR programs, including $7.7 million from the Housing Finance Agency, $6.25 million through the Housing Trust Fund Corp.’s Supportive Housing Opportunity Program and $419,586 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, syndicated by Raymond Jones Tax Credits Funds Inc. and Citi. RHA will provide rental assistance.
“The partnership between Rochester’s Cornerstone Group and Rochester Regional Health, two industry leaders, will greatly benefit the residents of Cornerstone Pointe Apartments,” said State. Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th Dist. “This project will provide much needed affordable senior housing, allowing our elderly residents to stay in the community that they call home while receiving exceptional service and support.”
“Cornerstone Pointe Apartments is the culmination of many years of effort,” said Roger Brandt Jr., RCG president. “With the changing delivery of housing and supportive services to our senior population, Cornerstone Pointe and its partnership with Rochester Regional Health System will be providing an innovative affordable, safe place for seniors in the Greater Rochester community.”
“Rochester Regional Health is pleased to work with Cornerstone Pointe Apartments and its residents,” said Kathryn McGuire, RRH senior vice president. “Our assessment and care management services will be reaching out to residents to ensure that identified services and support needs are met so that they enjoy independent residency at Cornerstone Pointe Apartments, including home and support services, primary medical care, home blood draws and other services. Our ElderONE Program of All-inclusive Care of the Elderly will work with those individuals who identified as frail enough to need nursing home, but instead choose us to help them live at home. The comprehensive and coordinated services of ElderONE are a perfect match with Cornerstone Pointe Apartments as we combine senior living with health and supportive services. This nationally recognized program enables seniors to age in a place they call home.”
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2018 with occupancy to follow.