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Cayuga Meadows, affordable housing for seniors in Ithaca, NY has been approved!

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"A long-delayed plan for affordable senior apartments has been funded through a state grant and is poised to begin construction later this year.

The Ithaca town board convened Monday night to discuss property easements required from Rochester-based Conifer Realty LLC as one of the stipulations of receiving a building permit for construction.

The 3-story, 68-unit apartment building, to be called "Cayuga Meadows", would be located on a grassy field directly south of the Overlook at West Hill apartment complex, east of Cayuga Medical Center. Final site plan approvals for the 58,500 square-foot project, a mix of of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units, were granted in November 2013. Although the land is Cornell-owned, the 4.8 acres the building will be built upon will be subdivided from the rest of Cornell's land, and the project will be on the tax rolls.

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The units will be available to individuals aged 55 and older, with incomes 60% or less or the Area Median Income (AMI). AMI in Tompkins County is about $53,000 per household, so a qualifying senior household would have an annual income of $31,800 or less. 7 units will be accessible to mobility-impaired individuals, and 3 units will be designed to accommodate hearing or visually-impaired occupants.

Actual rents have not been released by Conifer, but a second senior housing project they recently built in Ithaca, West Hill's Conifer Village Apartments, charges $678-$864/month for a 1-bedroom unit, and $803-$979/month for a 2-bedroom unit, with income limits of up to $43,300/year for a single senior, and $49,600/year for a couple.

Conifer Realty owns and manages several local apartment complexes, including the Cayuga View Apartments (part of Linderman)Conifer Village at IthacaEllis Hollow ApartmentsLinderman Creek Apartments, and The Meadows Townhomes."

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Brian Crandall, Staff Writer at The Ithaca Voice.

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