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Albany announces grand opening of new affordable housing building

Jacquie Slater
Updated: October 16, 2019 07:22 PM
Created: October 16, 2019 05:20 PM

It's public housing reinvented. Albany's Ida Yarbrough development has been getting a make-over and Wednesday marked the official grand opening of Phase 2. Now called 280 North, the seven story mid-rise building will be a mixed-income property.

The new building features 62 one or two energy efficient bedroom apartments. There are also 14 other family style units behind the building. They all have modern amenities like breakfast bars, spacious closets and tiled bathrooms. The sixth floor features a CDPHP fitness facility to help keep residents fit and healthy.

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Wednesdays ribbon cutting was attended by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Assemblyman John McDonald as well as several other key players in making the project a reality.

The Ida Yarbrough Housing Community was built in the 1970s, but many of the units and buildings were in need of major repair or renovation.

Steve Longo, the executive director for the Albany Housing Authority, said plans for the overhaul have been in the works for several years and include four phases.

No longer strictly public housing, some residents will receive subsidies, but they're also accepting applications from individuals or families who earn up to 80-percent of the area median income.

"When people move into an apartment where somebody has taken care to turn it over to them in such great condition with modern amenities that everybody wants, not just low income people, they feel special. They feel like somebody recognizes them and now they start to feel what their potential can be. Housing is really the foundation," said Longo.


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