Project Kemble Square
Location Utica, New York
Project Cost: $9.2 million
Target: Population Homeless Veterans, low and moderate income families
Amenities: Community gathering space; computer lab; off-street parking; washer/dryer hookups; children’s playground, greenspace; ENERGYStar Certified; Energy- Efficient Design
Partners: City of Utica and the NYS Divison of Homes & Community Renewal, National Equity Fund, Inc.; Housing Trust Fund Corp.
Kemble Square is the new construction of one building and the rehabilitation of five buildings with two receiving new additions for a total of 37 units of quality, affordable housing. Six units are reserved for for veterans at risk of homelessness, and four units are fully accessible and adapted for individuals who have hearing or vision impairment. The Syracuse VA Medical Center provides case management services, clinical services, benefits counseling, job training and other appropriate services geared toward the goal of independent living. Additional occupancy is targeted at families.
Housing Visions’ comprehensive approach to re-using old buildings with appropriate in-fill housing is almost unique in the affordable housing industry. Eco-friendly laminate flooring and ceramic tiles were used rather than carpeting and vinyl, and permeable concrete was used in the parking areas, driveways and sidewalks as part of a comprehensive surface water management plan.