Lansing at Large: Lansing launches affordable housing development

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Lansing will get a start on more affordable housing when the Milton Meadows Apartments open next summer offering one-, two-, and three bedroom units for people and families with incomes between $17,000 and $78,000 per year, or between 50 and 80 percent of the area’s median income.


“People grow up in this town and can’t afford to live here,” said Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. “Thousands of people migrate into the county from out of town, forced to live somewhere else” by high housing costs. “I’d like to see seniors be able to retire here.”


The $17.3 million complex, situated on 13.5 acres across from the town ballfields, will have nine two-story buildings, each with eight units, and a community building. It will be within walking distance of the ballfields, the library, government buildings, a walking trail, and a grocery store, and will be located in “a great school district,” LaVigne said. Plans also call for a community garden and a bus stop.


“The added density should bring more services to the town,” LaVigne said.
Construction has begun and completion will come in stages through next fall, according to Town Planner Michael Long.


The project is a partnership between the town, Rochester-based Cornerstone Group, Ltd., and Providence Housing Development Corporation. The name derives from the original name for the Town of Lansing.


The town sold the land to the developers for $337,500, or $25,000 per acre, according to LaVigne. That price includes developer-funded roads, water lines, electrical, and two new town roads. A second parcel of 8.5 acres is seen as a possible site for a “phase II” development.


One road will form a new four-way intersection with the Auburn Road at Woodsedge Drive and the other will curve behind the development from Auburn Road to Conlon Road.


The plan was submitted in response to a request for proposals that followed the town’s comprehensive plan’s 2018 call for more density in a “town center.” It makes use of some of the 156 acres of town land in the area.


The proposal passed a special subcommittee consisting of Town Planner Mike Long, Councilperson Katrina Binkewicz, Town Attorney Guy Krough, and LaVigne unanimously. It then passed the planning board 6-1 and the town board by a 5-0 vote.


Demand for the apartments is expected to be strong. Those wishing to be put on the list for the units should call the Cornerstone Group at (585) 424-1400 extension 327. Applications will be mailed in March of next year. Incomes will be verified, credit will be checked, and a background check will include references from previous landlords, according to Carol Oster, vice president of development for Cornerstone.


LaVigne said that preference will be given to disabled veterans. After that, he expects that there may have to be a lottery to distribute apartments among successful applicants.


The existing walking trail and cross country course has a permanent easement on the land, LaVigne said. It may be moved to accommodate the construction and has already been moved around a wetland, but will remain in the same capacity.


The buildings will be constructed in conformance with NYSERDA Low-rise New Construction Program (LRNCP) and LEED Version 4 BD+C: HOMES with a Silver level rating.

LHS Holiday Wreaths
The Lansing High School Class of 2019 is selling Christmas wreaths as a fundraiser. The Balsam fir wreaths are made by Michaleen’s Florist, are 22” across, come with a bow, and cost $25. You can place an order with any member of the Senior Class. Wreaths will be delivered Dec. 12 and 13.


Grocery Run
The Lansing-Ithaca Rotary is selling raffle tickets to benefit the Lansing Food Bank Dec. 8 and 9 at the Lansing Market. On Dec. 12, the winner will have three minutes to run through the Lansing Market choosing as many free groceries (one of each item) as possible.


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