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Rochester developer seeks state grant for Canandaigua housing project

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Rochester-based developer Edgemere Development is seeking a $3 million Restore NY grant to help fund a $20 million affordable housing project in the Uptown Canandaigua section of the town.

The project, which calls for the construction of 48 “workforce” apartments on Parkside Drive, will be the first housing project proposed under the town’s form-based code, which allows for multiple uses on a property and encourages revitalization, according to Town Manager Doug Finch. The developer is also seeking other grant money for the project, which includes one- and two-bedroom units.

The town, not the developer, is required to apply for the grant, which the Town Board has given the OK to do. If successful, the funding would first be awarded to the town and then go to the project. “We really think this project aligns with town and regional goals” for affordable housing, said Sarah Katerle, development assistant with the company.

Finch said that there is a “critical need” for affordable, workforce housing in the town and county, citing equal waiting lists for rental housing in the town and noting that affordable housing is a need in both the town and Ontario County, which is conducting a housing needs study. Gov. Kathy Hochul also cited affordable housing needs as a priority in her State of the State address earlier in the week.

Uptown Canandaigua is 100 acres of land near Blue Heron Park and the Canandaigua fire station off Route 332. Town officials foresee the area consisting of mixed-use buildings and upwards of 150 to 200 single-family affordable housing units. Work on a commercial building that will house a restaurant and retail space in the Uptown Canandaigua area is continuing.