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Penn Yan housing project gets $2.7 million

Construction is expected to begin this fall on a new housing project that will include 42 apartments, some for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The Keuka Gardens development will be getting $2.7 million from the New York State Homes & Community Renewal program, which was recently announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The project was previously awarded $1.2 million from the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

The project is a collaboration between Arc of Yates and Home Leasing Corp., a Rochester- based company that has development, construction and property management divisions. It will consist of 31 workforce apartments and 11 apartments for homeless people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Arc officials referred questions on the project to Megan Houppert, development manager for Home Leasing. She said the development, off Brown Street Extension (Route 14A) in Penn Yan near South Avenue, has all the necessary approvals by village boards and the state Department of Transportation.

“We are really excited about this project. We are shovel ready and hope to start construction in October,” Houppert said. “This will be an integrated community project. It’s an innovative model we have used for projects in other communities.”

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