FULTON, NY – A four year project came to completion as a ribbon cutting ceremony for Emery Grove Apartments drew dozens to the newly rehabbed apartment complex on Emery Street in Fulton.
A complete overhaul of the former Fulton Housing Authority into 95 quality, affordable homes at market rate for seniors and families of Fulton and surrounding areas was spearheaded by Holly Carpenter, Fulton Housing Authority Deputy Executive Director and Bruce Levine, 3D Development President when four years ago a plan was birthed to provide a safer, more modern, overall better place for tenants to live.
The new apartments offer 55 family units with 10 four-bedroom apartments, 31 three-bedroom apartments, 13 one-bedroom apartments, and one two-bedroom apartment. The senior complex offers 40 units made up of 36 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments.
Carpenter said the project was truly a collaborative effort starting with the project contractors, architects, Emery Grove staff, and several local, county, and state officials and community partnerships.
“About ten percent of the population of Fulton lives in this complex and we were almost to the point where we might go under,” said Curtis Griswold, Fulton Housing Authority Board President.
At that time four years ago, he continued, they questioned how to move forward and arrived at one ultimate decision, a complete renovation to modernize.
Now, the apartments are handicap accessible, safer, and upgraded from 1950’s technology to 2017 technology, he said.
The senior building features new amenities such as a community room, hair salon, and laundry facilities on site, while most family units have laundry hook ups or a joint laundry facility for those that do not.
“This was a long time coming, we really needed this,” he finished.
Carpenter went on to credit Fulton city officials, and elected officials Assemblyman Will Barclay, Senator Patty Ritchie, and Congressman John Katko.
Assemblyman Barclay and Senator Ritchie commented to the crowd on the improved quality of life the new apartments bring to residents and commended the partnerships and collaborative approach taken to complete such a large renovation.
Such partnerships included working with the Fulton Fire Department, Fulton Police Department, the Fulton Rental Office, Oswego County Rental Office, OCO, Arise, Department of Social Services.
Resident Bobby Thompson took the role of heading a Tenants Association.
While at first the purpose was for recreational events, he’s now approached by other tenants if they encounter a problem or have a concern.
“The staff are very accommodating, if I’ve ever brought up a concern it has been addressed within 24 hours,” he said.
An attentive staff is a bonus feature of a clean, comfortable, and secure living environment, he said.
“I toured in April while I was looking at a few places. I was very pleased here, it’s a perfect apartment. I just can’t say enough,” Thompson said.
Resident Sue Brown lived in the apartments before the renovation began and is overwhelmed with the upgrades they received.
“My new apartment is beautiful!” Brown said. “I fell in love with it the minute I walked in. These apartments are much bigger, nicer, and more homey than the old apartments.”
Transitioning from a second floor apartment with no elevator access to now living in a first floor apartment, Brown was grateful that senior residents had more availability to first floor units or accessibility to an elevator.
“I don’t really have to leave the apartment except to get my groceries because of everything offered here. The people are so friendly. It’s a great place to live!” she said.