Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus got an up close look at the soon to be completed Phase One of Red Hooks Commons, a moderately priced senior citizen rental housing development on Route 9 in the Village of Red Hook. During a tour led by project developer Kenneth Kearney; County Executive Steinhaus, joined by Village of Red Hook Mayor David Cohen, Town of Red Hook Councilwoman Sue Crane and Planning & Development Commissioner Roger Akeley, was able to preview the attractive new apartments which will open this fall.
Red Hook Commons, formerly known as the “Perx” project, is being constructed on former county-owned property. The County worked closely with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and its Environmental Restoration Program to remediate the “brownfield” property and make it available to the Village for senior housing. County Executive Steinhaus also directed $295,000 to the Town and Village of Red Hook from the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to use on the remediation portion of the project.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Everyone has done a great job, this is truly a project to be proud of. Many levels of government – town, village, county and state – worked together to make this project a reality. Red Hook Commons is a wonderful example of what we achieve with collaboration and partnership.”
Financing for the project was provided Dutchess County Government, Community Preservation Program, NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation and the proceeds from the sale of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program being provided through Alliant Capital. Low income housing tax credits are administered by New York State Division for Housing Community Renewal.
The County Executive had the opportunity to preview the completed apartments in Phase I of Red Hooks Commons. Phase I features one-bedroom apartments where the rents range from $308-645 for households between 30-60% of the county median income (e.g. 60% of median for a single person household is $30,840) . Seniors need to be 62 years of age or older to occupy the apartments. Currently, 43 apartments of the total 48 have been leased. Construction should be completed this September with occupancy to begin immediately following completion.
The group also toured the construction program on the second phase of development on the site, Red Hook Commons II. Phase II includes an additional 48 rental units and construction is anticipated to be complete in the spring of 2008. This project differs from Red Hook Commons I in that seniors 55+ years of age will be eligible to occupy the units. There is already a waiting list of 55 residents for the 48 available apartments.
The one bedroom apartments are bright and airy with attractive features including oak hardwood floors. Each apartment is installed with an emergency call button, providing seniors with 24 hour security assistance in case of an emergency. Each phase of Red Hook Commons also has a community recreation room where senior residents can gather for activities and social time. Project developer Ken Kearns said, “We are already working with Dutchess County’s Office of the Aging to offer programs and activities including the meals on wheels program.”
As the tour concluded, County Executive Steinhaus said, “The work is so impressive. It is truly a beautiful project. We are going to have a lot of smiling senior citizens moving in here.”
Senior citizens who would like to get more information about Red Hook Commons including rental questions can call (914) 528-0461.