By DAN MINER Observer-Dispatch | Posted Jul 16, 2012 @ 02:30 PM
|UTICA — The Genesee Crossing project is officially under way, with several residential homes already being demolished.
Contractors are also in the process of taking down the Oneida Castle building at Hobart and Oneida streets, which some local preservationists had hoped to save. The demo is expected to be completed this week.
The subsidized, inner-city housing project will ultimately provide 24 low- to moderate-income apartments in 12 two-family residences. The castle building will be replaced with a three-story senior affordable housing complex with nine units, and the designs have been approved by the city's Scenic and Historic Preservation Commission.
“It’s designed to really fortify and enhance our existing projects while continuing previous revitalization efforts,” said Justin Rudgick, Housing Visions senior development project manager.
Housing Visions will likely complete two two-family residences by November, and complete the $8.9 million project in 2013.
The project price tag and density of apartment-based subsidized housing in and around Cornhill led to some criticism from Common Council members, but the project was approved by the body early in 2011.
Since 1998, the Syracuse-based nonprofit has developed nine projects, with a total of 78 buildings and 232 units of housing. Its most recent development, the $9.2 million Kemble Square development near Oneida Square, opened in August 2011.