CANANDAIGUA – A developer seeking to provide affordable housing in the Uptown Canandaigua section of the town is seeking a grant to help get it done.
Edgemere Development wants to build 48 “workforce” apartments on Parkside Drive, according to Charlie Oster, partner and vice president of real estate development.
The Rochester-based developer is seeking a $3 million Restore NY grant that would help fund the $20 million project. The developer also is seeking other grant money for the project, which calls for one- and two-bedroom units.
The town, not the developer, is required to apply for the grant, which the Town Board gave the OK to do. If successful, the funding would first be awarded to the town and through it go to the project.
“We really think this project aligns with town and regional goals” for affordable housing, according to Sarah Katerle, development assistant with the company.
Edgemere’s plan is the first housing project proposed under the town’s form-based code, which is zoning that allows for multiple uses on a property and encourages revitalization of an area in ways such as affordable housing, according to Town Manager Doug Finch.
Finch said he has heard that waiting lists for rental housing in the town are equal to the number of units that exist, and noted that affordable housing is a need in both the town and Ontario County, which is conducting a housing needs study.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, in her State of the State address earlier in the week, also cited affordable housing needs as a priority.
“There is a real need across Ontario County for additional housing,” Finch said.
At a public hearing Jan. 9, Karen Parkhurst, chairperson of the town’s affordable housing and transportation committee, said there is a “critical need” for affordable, workforce housing in the town and county.
Uptown Canandaigua is 100 acres of land near Blue Heron Park and the Canandaigua fire station off Route 332. Town officials foresee the area consisting of mixed-use buildings and upwards of 150 to 200 single-family affordable housing units.
Work on a commercial building that will house a restaurant and retail space in the Uptown Canandaigua area is continuing.
Hearing set on Factory 243 plan
A similar request has been made of Canandaigua City Council to seek a $2 million Restore NY grant.
Capstone Real Estate Development is looking for up to $2 million that will help fund the second phase of work on Factory 243 on Gorham Street in the city.
That phase calls for four apartment buildings offering 43 residential units as well as a commercial building for a brewery or small eatery.
A public hearing on the city proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.