UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – A $20 million affordable housing development project in Utica has been completed. The Kelberman Center‘s Link apartments replace the long-vacant Sunset School with 60 apartments. The Link Apartments on Sunset Ave provide housing for families and individuals in need of supportive services. 

“Our mission at The Kelberman Center is all about social inclusion and the ability to bring awareness, but most importantly to allow individuals to live  successfully,” said Executive Director of the Kelberman Center Tara Costello.

The four story building is funded by Homes and Community Renewal, and has sixty apartments in total. Forty-eight households are affordable to those earning at or below 80% of the area median income. Twelve apartments are reserved for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Costello tells us that this new building is filling a gap in our community. 

“We provide services for individuals early intervention on, and so this is kind of at the end of the life span its allowing individuals that are able to live more independently while providing those wrap around supports so you know the intent was really to complete that life span of services that the Kelberman Center provides,” said Costello.

Residents with disabilities will have access to on-site support services provided by the Kelberman New York state office for people with developmental disabilities integrated supportive housing program. In addition to this, Costello explains that there are community services provided to all residents.

Those services will include cooking classes health and wellness we have a fitness center also in the building we’ll do some budgeting, some financing,” said Costello.

Costello says that this is a unique project, and something that is well needed in the city of Utica.

“There a lot of individuals with homes that could probably live independently and this allows that,” Costello said.