project specifics

Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc. (RSS) is proposing to construct a 64-unit affordable housing development at 164 River Street in the City of Oneonta, Otsego County, New York. The project site is currently vacant land zoned for the development of multi-family apartments.

The project will involve construction of 64 apartments, located within eight two-story buildings. Each building will include 4 ground-floor apartments and 4-second story apartments, each of which will have separate exterior entrances. The project will include 28 one-bedroom units, 28 two-bedroom units, and 8 three-bedroom units, with monthly rents ranging from $520 for one-bedroom apartments to $1,067 for three-bedroom apartments. Rents include hot water; tenants will pay for heat and electric.

Laundry hook-ups, dishwashers, and bulk storage will be provided within each unit. Apartments will have individually controlled heat and central air conditioning. The project will provide substantial off- street parking; based on the City’s regulations, 109 parking spaces, including spaces designated as handicapped parking, are required and have been included in the conceptual site plan.

As part of the project, a community building will also be constructed, to include a community room, a coin-op laundry room, offices for property operations and maintenance staff. A children’s play area will be located next to the community building and the site will include sidewalk access connecting each 8-plex to the community and to River Street, the location of the nearest bus stop. Public utilities are currently available to the site.

In total, 50 units are dedicated to affordable workforce housing, and 14 units are set aside for permanent supportive housing for individuals recovering from substance use disorder.

The project site has frontage on West Broadway, Duane Street, and River Street, and consists of multiple tax parcels for which RSS has obtained site control through a purchase and sale contract. The proposed project is allowed as-of-right within the current zoning of the parcel. The project will require site plan and lot consolidation approval from the City Planning Commission.

The project site is located adjacent to a mix of single-family, multi-family and commercial uses, on an existing bus route that operates Monday through Saturday, into the evening hours. It is within walking distance to two urgent care centers and a 20-minute walk to Main Street. The site is 1.6 miles to the Southside (Route 28) where a major grocery store, retail shopping, various big box stores, chain restaurants, and a shopping mall are located.

To support the project, RSS has applied for funding from New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). Additional capital will be requested through the New York State Office of Temporary Disability and Assistance (OTDA). The 14 supportive apartments will receive operating assistance from the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). And, the project will utilize a conventional bank construction loan.