Rep. Congressman Reed tours senior housing facilities

HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Republican Congressman Tom Reed met with developers and residents of the Lake Street Senior Apartments in Hammondsport Monday morning.

The building is over 150 years old, formerly a public school, an office for the village and the former building of the Glenn Curtiss Museum.  Given it's age, the building received The Historic Tax Credit - which is used to rehabilitate old buildings.

Arbor Housing and Development transformed the building into 21 apartment homes 10 years ago to serve low income seniors and individuals.

Reed toured the facilities in an effort to highlight the tax credits that made this project possible.

"This would have been a blinded building without the help from federal and state funds to be able to restore this building and make it part of the community and bring residents into the area," said Rocco Soda, director of real estate for Arbor Housing.

The building also holds a lot of history for resident Anne Gelder - her late husband went to school in the exact building and Gelder lived right across the street with her husband making it feel more like home.

"This place came along at a time that I needed it, after the death of my husband I was asked to come down to take a look at the property and I saw this apartment and it was meant for me," said Gelder.  "There's more places like this needed for the elderly."

Residents like Gelder say they're counting on Congressman Reed to allow more affordable housing projects to go forward.

"The more people who come here maybe who are in politics, I think is going to get the message out much more," said Gelder.  "Once they connect with someone who was in this situation like this, hopefully it will work."

Reed says lawmakers are in the middle of a tax reform and the new tax approvals should be ready at the end of 2017.  

In the meantime, Reed said he will continue to advocate for these projects.

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