ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Earlier today in Elmira, local leaders broke ground on a downtown affordable housing development on Baldwin Street.
It's going to be called "Libertad Elmira", and it aims to give affordable housing to those in need, and homeless vets. Overall there will be 90 units, along with 20 dedicated for the homeless veterans.
The whole project comes with a 20 million dollar price tag which is part of the downtown revitalization initiative. Local leaders who spoke at the groundbreaking say they're very excited for the development.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas told WENY, “So the project is incredible. It's 90 units as I said, including 20 for homeless vets. It also includes a Head Start Program as well as a market that will have job training opportunities.
“So, it's really not just housing. It's a renovation of a dilapidated building that this community has seen for a long time that will include housing, services, and job training opportunities.”
On the housing for vets Elmira Mayor Daniel Mandell added, “That was all handled by the Vecino group. That was all part of their plan when they came to the city. We've got a homeless veteran population here in the area that we want to accommodate. We want to help them out.”
“So, being a veteran myself I know that it is very important that we do that for them. There was plenty of work put in by the Vecino group to do that, and we were happy to hear that was going to be part of their project.”
"Libertad Elmira" is taking over the space of the vacant Jones court Apartments and is slated to open in April 2019.