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$17 million affordable housing development for seniors in Orleans County, New York completed

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of a $17 million substantial rehabilitation of the historic former Holley High School in the village of Holley in Orleans County.

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Now known as Holley Gardens, the building offers 41 affordable homes for seniors with public meeting space and offices for use by the village of Holley.

Originally constructed in 1931, the three-story Neo-Classical brick building served as the village's high school until the mid-1970s.

It sat unused in the decades since closing.

After careful rehabilitation, including the preservation of original architectural details, Holley Gardens now offers 41 affordable apartments for New Yorkers aged 55 and up.

The school's original auditorium was kept largely intact to be used as a public meeting space for the village's board meetings and other public forums.

The area beneath the balcony was renovated to house the village's administrative offices.

Building amenities for residents include a community room, Energy Star appliances, air conditioning, and laundry facilities, along with outdoor space.

Located in the heart of the Holley's downtown, Holley Gardens is within walking distance to the village's library, restaurants, churches, and retail.

Seven of the apartments will be available for households where at least one member is a person with a physical disability who will have access to supportive services provided by Independent Living of Genesee Region.

The developer is Home Leasing in partnership with Edgemere Development.

State financing for the $17 million development includes federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that generated a total of $6.8 million in equity and $4.1 million in subsidy from HCR.

The project received federal and state Historic Tax Credits that generated $6.4 million in equity allocated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Empire State Development provided $1 million through the Restore NY program and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided $41,000.

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