Ground could be broken later this year on a $14 million new affordable housing complex at Meadowbrook Apartments on Corning's Northside.

Ground could be broken later this year on a $14 million new affordable housing complex at Meadowbrook Apartments on Corning's Northside.

Corning-based Arbor Housing and Development, which owns Meadowbrook Apartments, has been awarded a $4.7 million grant for the project through the state’s Office of Housing and Community Renewal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Arbor Housing and another developer, NRP Group, are partnering to build a three-story building with 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

The project will include 22 units reserved for people with psychiatric disabilities, who will have access to support services. Along with its affordable housing units, Arbor also runs a residential behavioral health program.

After buying Meadowbrook Apartments in October 2013, Arbor announced that it would gut and renovate the aging apartments, which were built in 1950 and have fallen into disrepair. Arbor planned to build the new complex as a Phase II after the existing apartments were renovated, said Jeff Eaton, Arbor CEO.

However, to better its chances of getting funding through available grant programs, Arbor decided to build the new complex first, Eaton said. The project still needs final approvals at the state level and the site plans will have to be reviewed by the City of Corning, but if all goes well, construction could begin this fall, he said.

The project is targeted for completion in late 2016.

After that, Arbor still plans to renovate about 80 of the 100 existing units in Meadowbrook Apartments, and raze the other 20. Arbor will apply for funding in the fall for the renovations.

Many residents of the existing apartments will be moved into the new facility, clearing the way for their old apartments to be renovated, Eaton said.

The 22 units in the new facility identified for people with psychiatric disabilities will be taken by Arbor clients who currently live in a group home on Pine Street on the Southside, as well as in other apartments scattered throughout the city, Eaton said.

“We’re going to locate clients there that we are already funded for and already serve in the Corning area,” Eaton said.

Along with the $4.7 million grant announced Tuesday, the new apartment complex will be funded from a half-dozen public and private sources, primarily private equity from investors using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Eaton said.

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, state Sen. Tom O’Mara, R- Big Flats and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, helped secure government funding, Eaton said.

The new complex will sit on a corner of the 10-acre Meadowbrook Apartments parcel on Lamphear Court, off Reynolds Avenue. The office building and several adjacent storage garages will be demolished to make room.

The new units will be available to individuals and families meeting income eligibility requirements, just like the current Meadowbrook Apartments, Eaton said. Eventually, the property will be renamed Lamphear Court Apartments.

Arbor and NRP Group just completed a similar but smaller complex in March in Williamsport, Pa. called Memorial Homes, which Eaton said was “absolutely beautiful.”

The Corning project “will look nicer than market rate housing when we’re done,” he said.

In all, the project would create 40 new affordable housing units and renovate 80 others. Upgrading the blighted Meadowbrook Apartments, where city police often respond for crime-related calls, is identified as a priority in the city’s comprehensive plan.

“It’s a great win for Arbor and it’s a great win for the city, and it’s just an exciting step along the path of revitalizing housing in Corning,” said City Councilman Bill Boland, who chairs the city’s Housing Strategy Committee, which is helping craft a long-term plan to improve Corning’s housing stock.

The $4.7 million awarded to the Corning project was among $141 million awarded to 38 affordable housing projects statewide, Cuomo announced.

The Lincoln Gardens project in the City of Hornell got $1.7 million to help turn a vacant elementary school into 25 one- and two-bedroom apartments for seniors, including four units for those with physical disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. The site is in a neighborhood near St. James Mercy Hospital.