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$30.3 million affordable housing development in Rochester, N.Y. complete

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of a $30.3 million affordable housing development in downtown Rochester.

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The Liberty Lofts project, part of the Sibley Square redevelopment, consists of 104 affordable and workforce apartments.

The larger redevelopment includes an additional 176 affordable and market rate apartments, plus retail, office and commercial spaces.

WinnDevelopment, the development arm of the building's primary owner, WinnCompanies, is the developer for Sibley Square.

The Sibley Building, located at 250 East Main Street, opened in 1906 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Construction on the building's $110 million redevelopment began in 2012.

Located on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the 12-story tower, Liberty Lofts provides a mix of 104 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Fifty-three of the apartments will be affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income and the remaining apartments will be affordable to households earning up to 110 percent of the Area Median Income.

Amenities include a fitness area, children's playroom, business center, community room and laundry facilities.

Residents will have access to a first-floor food marketplace, retail spaces and discounted parking at the St. Joseph's municipal parking lot attached to the building by a skybridge.

The building also includes a bank branch and police station on the ground floor.

The renovation was designed to meet Enterprise Green Communities standards for existing buildings.

Energy-efficient features include the installation of low-VOC products including sealants, paints and flooring; low-flow Water Sense labelled plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting and ASHRAE Standards 62.1 level ventilation.

Governor Cuomo's commitment to strengthening communities and growing the Finger Lakes economy is reflected in "Finger Lakes Forward," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development.

The State's investment in Liberty Lofts complements the Finger Lakes Forward initiative by creating affordable housing opportunities in downtown areas with access to jobs and services.

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