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Hornell transforms former school into affordable housing

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the successful conversion of the former Bryant School in Hornell into 39 affordable, sustainable apartments, named Bryant School Apartments. This adaptive reuse project is a significant step towards addressing New York’s housing crisis and complements the “Southern Tier Soaring” strategy aimed at revitalizing communities and growing the economy.


The property, which closed as a school in 2021, underwent extensive renovations and a new addition, preserving original features like the playground and hallway tiles while adding modern amenities. The location is adjacent to public transit, making it easily accessible and convenient for residents. All apartments are designed to be affordable for households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income, with added benefits such as free high-speed broadband internet.

The $14.3 million development received substantial state financing, including $7.7 million in Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and additional support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for its sustainability features. The development is part of Governor Hochul’s comprehensive $25 billion Housing Plan to create and preserve 100,000 affordable homes across New York. This project exemplifies the commitment to creating sustainable, affordable housing solutions in the state.