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Construction on $25 million affordable housing development in Rochester, New York

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the start of construction on Pueblo Nuevo I, a $25 million development in Rochester's El Camino neighborhood.

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The initial phase of construction will create 75 new affordable homes across 16 residential buildings with new community green space at the center of the development area.

Nineteen apartments will be reserved for adults with developmental disabilities.

Pueblo Nuevo I will transform 20 vacant, underutilized or dilapidated lots across a five-block area around North Clinton Avenue and just south of St. Michael's Church in El Camino.

The project's developer is the Ibero-American Development Corporation, the development arm of the Ibero-American Action League, Inc.

There will be 16 buildings in total: a newly constructed multifamily building with 16 units on Sullivan Street; 13 newly constructed three-family homes across the development area; and one existing two-family home on Hoeltzer Street that will undergo renovations.

In addition, a Romanesque brick building on Clifford Avenue originally constructed in 1905 will be adapted into a multifamily building with 18 units.

Seventy-one of the apartments will be affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income and the remaining four units reserved for households earning up to 80 percent of the AMI.

Eight households will receive project-based Section 8 vouchers from the Rochester Housing Authority.

Nineteen of the homes will be set aside for adults with developmental disabilities who will have access to support services provided by the Ibero-American Action League.

In the center of the neighborhood development, a city-owned lot at 12 Hoeltzer Street will be transformed into a community green space with gardens, walking paths, a playground, and a picnic pavilion.

The green space will tie directly to the City-funded La Marketa currently under construction.

Pueblo Nuevo I is certified by the international Climate Bond Initiative, which helps finance the construction of healthy, energy-efficient homes for New Yorkers, while reducing the State's carbon footprint.

The buildings will have high efficiency heating and cooling systems, LED high efficiency lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures and Energy Star appliances.

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