CORNING - The second phase of affordable housing upgrades at Lamphear Court will begin in the early fall.

Arbor Housing and Development, which  owns the Lamphear Court, recently received a $7 million grant  from the state to help pay for the $23 million rehabilitation of 82 affordable homes, according to Rocco Soda, director of real estate for Arbor Housing.

The second phase of the redevelopment of Meadowbrook Apartments is a vital component of the City of Corning's Master Plan that will serve as a catalyst project for the central Northside Neighborhood.

“It’s great news for the community,” said Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr., co-chairman of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. “The work will be underway relatively quickly.”

Soda said the rehabilitation of the affordable homes will begin in the fall.

“Phase two, which is funded by grants from several state agencies, will be gutting and remodeling and expanding the majority of the units at Lamphear Court,” Soda said. “We are hoping to begin in October and anticipating completion in 18 months.”

Tranter said the building at Lamphear Court at in very poor condition.

“This money is going to basically rehabilitate those building which ties in perfectly as part of the city housing strategy,” Tranter said. It’s one of the pieces of the puzzle to really make a difference in the city in terms of housing and of the affordable nature.”

Officials said when completed, the redevelopment will increase available housing on the site to 142 homes. Phase II is a mixed-income project that will see the demolition of seven buildings, the substantial rehabilitation of 26 others, and the new construction of one two-unit building and a free-standing community center.

The City has also been awarded $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funds from the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council for infrastructure improvements to the Lamphear Court access road.

Soda said work to upgrade the road that leads into Lamphear Court will begin in late May.

“It’s a great project and Arbor Housing will do a great job like they did on the other Lamphear Court project,” Tranter said. “The first project, (three-story $12.5 million affordable housing complex) opened in November and it’s already 100 percent occupied. It’s a good improvement for the Northside area of the city and this work will do the same..”

The apartments will be available to eligible low-income individuals and families, and individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who require supportive services, but would benefit from living independently in an integrated environment.

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that nearly $17 million has been awarded to three affordable housing developments in the Southern Tier that will create 202 affordable homes. The funding is part of more than $200 million the state is awarding to build or preserve more than 2,800 affordable apartments across New York's 10 regions, revitalize communities, and generate $1.1 billion in economic activity.

"This investment is a significant milestone in New York's $20 billion housing and homelessness plan, and a giant step forward in our efforts to increase access to homes for families, seniors and our most vulnerable men and women across the state," Cuomo said. "These resources will help the region build affordable, stronger, better neighborhoods for our residents for generations to come."