Syracuse group unveils 49 new apartments for working class (photos)

Syracuse group unveils 49 new apartments for working class (photos)

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Syracuse, N.Y. — A neighborhood revitalization organization will hold a ribbon cutting today for 49 newly built apartments for working class households, including 20 on the site of a former brewery on the city’s Northside.

Housing Visions has built the apartments, collectively called Salina Crossing, in 10 buildings located near Salina Street in the city’s Northside and Southside neighborhoods. Some are in existing buildings that have been renovated. Others are entirely new construction.

The biggest of them is a new, three-story building at 511 Butternut St. Built on the former site of the Otisca Building, it contains 20 one-bedroom apartments. The Otisca Building, which housed a brewery for many decades, was demolished in 2012.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will lease the first floor of the new building for use as an administrative and staff training center. The apartments will be on the top two floors.

The second biggest is the former Odd Fellows Lodge and Temple at 823 N. Townsend St., also on the Northside. Housing Visions has transformed the building, built in 1887, into eight two-bedroom and one one-bedroom apartments.

The other projects are at 616 N. McBride St., 608 N. Townsend St., 114 Hawley Ave., 129 McLennan Ave., 135 McLennan Ave, 137 McLennan Ave., 1916 S. Salina St. and 2223 S. Salina St.

Housing Visions plans to rent the apartments to households making between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income. (A four-person household at 50 percent of the area median income would be making $34,000 annually.)

Rents will range from $262 to $485 for one-bedroom units, $465-$618 for two-bedroom units, $702 to $720 for three-bedroom units and will be $785 for four-bedroom units.

James Rubin, commissioner of the state’s Homes and Community Renewal agency, is expected to be among the officials attending today’s ribbon cutting at 511 Butternut St.