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Hornell gets grant to convert former elementary school to affordable housing

The city of Hornell is getting a $4.6 million state grant to turn the former Bryant Elementary School into affordable housing.

The Evening Tribune reports New York State Homes and Community Renewal grant will be used to turn the building into 39 affordable apartment units. Rochester developer Park Grove Realty purchased the building for $500,000 in deal approved by voters in the Hornell School District. The property was rezoned residential this summer. Park Grove says rents will range from $600-900 a month.


A study showed the city would need more affordable housing as businesses in the area are increasing their hiring. The city was awarded $10 million in Downtown Revitalization funds in 2019. It will take about a year to complete the project. The project was one of 21 announced by Governor Kathy Hochul announced this week that will create or preserve 1,178 units of affordable housing in the state.

“Our best strategy for recovery from the pandemic is ensuring that everyone has a solid roof over their head and access to the services they need to remain securely housed,” said Hochul.



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