July 3, 2009


Renovations planned for Pomeroy Apartments

State awards Cortland Housing Assistance Council $1.8 million for the project


Scott Conroe/contributing photographer
The state has given $1.8 million to the Pomeroy School Apartments to install new windows, renovate kitchens and enclose an outdoor wheelchair ramp.

Staff Reporter

The Cortland Housing Assistance Council has received $1.8 million from the state to install new windows, renovate kitchens and enclose an outdoor wheelchair ramp at Pomeroy School Apartments.
Gary Thomas, executive director of CHAC, said the organization will be making the building more energy efficient and will create long-term savings for the organization.
In addition to renovating the kitchens and bathrooms in the building’s 33 units, an outdoor ramp will be enclosed to allow resident easier access to the building in the winter.
CHAC will also be constructing a building containing 10 storage units on the property that would be rented by tenants to store items.
Thomas said the organization has a large room used for residents’ storage, and staff must frequently open the room for tenants to retrieve their belongings.
“The Pomeroy Street School was converted to apartments about 15 years ago, and a lot has changed since then,” Thomas said, adding the building upgrades will also include new locks on the doors.
“We’re just trying to make the building more energy efficient and secure,” he said.
Thomas added CHAC would likely start construction in the fall and would complete the work within six to eight months.
The funding is the second largest amount awarded in the state from the recent distribution of federal tax subsidies for low-income housing credits and tax subsidies.
A total of $48 million was distributed throughout the New York by the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal to help construct or rehabilitate 2,165 housing units for low-income families, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
In addition to the Pomeroy Street apartments, CHAC manages housing units on Maple, Homer and South avenues, as well as Washington Street.
Gov. David Paterson’s office announced the funding Thursday, saying all the organizations that received the federal funding may also be eligible for economic stimulus funds.
The state is eligible for $250 million in tax credit assistance to aid with the operation of affordable housing projects.
The federal economic stimulus bill was passed by Congress in February and provided $787 billion to create jobs and improve the nation’s infrastructure.


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