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Upper Falls: 48 million affordable housing opened in Rochester, N.Y.

Staff Writer | October 20, 2018
Upper Falls Square Apartments in Rochester, N.Y., a new $48 million affordable development that offers housing with support services to the Northeast Quadrant-Upper Falls community, are now open.
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Empire State   The multi-story 142,000-square-foot complex features two buildings
The multi-story 142,000-square-foot complex features two buildings containing a total of 150 apartments, 75 of which will include services to help people with special needs live independently.

Upper Falls Square joins revitalization efforts taking place in the neighborhood, including the expansion of the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center across the street, which will offer on-site health and wellness classes to Upper Falls Square Apartments residents.

Building A, which contains 114 apartments, is named in honor of Ellen Stubbs
The development is among the first in the State to be supported by Homes and Community Renewal's Green Bonds program, which issues tax-exempt bonds certified by The Climate Bond Initiative, an international not-for-profit organization supporting financing for projects around the world that reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Upper Falls Square Apartments were built on about 3 acres of property that was once the site of condemned homes until they were razed by the City of Rochester.

Building B, containing 36 apartments, is named the Minister Raymond and Maxine Scott Apartments
The new apartments are available to neighborhood residents who earn up to 60 percent of area median income. For a two-person household, the income limit is approximately $31,080 and for a four-person household, the income limit is approximately $44,400.

Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, a wall-mounted flat screen TV including basic cable service and in-unit storage.

Heat, air conditioning, hot water and electric are included in the rent and community laundry facilities are available at no cost to the tenant. Tenants have access to a lounge on each floor and a community room. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in common areas in the buildings.

In order to meet the standards of HCR's Green Bonds program, Upper Falls Square Apartments has been designed to the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Programs.

Building A, the Ellen Stubbs Apartments, is certified with the Energy Star Multifamily High-Rise program and Building B, the Minister Raymond and Maxine Scott Apartments, is designed to exceed the efficiency of the Energy Star Certified Homes program Both buildings incorporate "green" features, including photovoltaic panels for the use of solar energy; high efficiency heating and cooling units; Energy Star rated appliances and lighting fixtures; low or no VOC paints, primers, adhesives and sealants; and green label plus carpeting.

Across the street from Upper Falls Square Apartments, the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center is in the final phases of completing a Community Health Campus that will offer health education classes at Upper Falls Square Apartments for residents.

Residents will also receive assistance accessing a host of other including mental health, dental, cardiovascular, and legal services, as well as day care and job training.

The $48 million development was supported by investments from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and the New York State Office of Mental Health. Additional financial partners include the City of Rochester, M&T Bank, Red Stone Equity LLC, and JP Morgan Chase.

Building A, which contains 114 apartments, is named in honor of Ellen Stubbs.

Stubbs, who passed away in 2012,was a nurse and deeply committed to her community, giving her time and talent to the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, Community Health Care Association of NY, and other local organizations.

Over the years, she was an active member of several churches and received many awards, including the Ollie Chin Porter Award this summer from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, "for her Vision, Fortitude and Courage."

She also served as a delegate to the UN Conference Status of Women in 1995, in Beijing, China and as a member of the World Conference Against Racism in 2001, in Durban, South Africa.

Building B, containing 36 apartments, is named the Minister Raymond and Maxine Scott Apartments. Minister Scott, along with his wife Maxine, have a decades-long commitment to bettering the Rochester community.

Their involvement includes work with the Reynolds Street Church of Christ, Faith Temple, and the FIGHT organization, a network of community groups fighting for civil rights, founded in 1965.