By: Cara Thomas
UTICA, N.Y. — What was once vacant lots and deteriorated buildings in Utica has been transformed into 33 state of the art apartments for low income families and senior citizens. On Thursday, Housing Visions along with city and state officials celebrated the opening of the new $8.9 million Genesee Crossing housing development. It features 13 new buildings, including a nine-unit senior citizen residence along Hobart Street State and city officials say these new apartments are helping revive many run down communities. “There’s a real need for high quality affordable housing in many upstate cities and Utica is like a lot of upstate cities, there’s plenty of housing but there’s a lack of quality and affordability that can really help people thrive,” said Ben Lockwood, Housing Visions VP Business Development. The project was funded by the federal Low Income Housing Tax program as well as the New York State HOME Program Housing Vision’s new apartments are located in East Utica, Cornhill, Oneida Square and West Utica.