Over the next decade, the Corning Housing Partnership plans to revitalize roughly 150 properties on its rehabilitation list.
The partnership is a collaboration between the City of Corning, Arbor Housing and Development, and Three Rivers Development.
It believes that completely redeveloping or even slightly tweaking properties can really make a difference on just one block or whole communities.
The city created a housing study to look at the housing stock and what needs to be done to make upgrades to residential areas. Over 1,200 homes were identified, but the partnership zeroed in on a block or two blocks at a time within particular neighborhoods so they could really see an impact.
“Some are landlords and they own the property, some are individuals who own their house and we’ve actually put some money in and they’ve put money in to clean up their property which has been really, very successful,” Jeffrey Eaton, president and CEO of Arbor, said. “In some cases it’s been acquiring a house and tearing it down to get rid of that blight in that neighborhood.”
One example of acquiring a house is the property that used to sit at 180 East Third Street. It was a fire-damaged home which then sat vacant for years – something neighbors weren’t too happy about. The partnership then purchased the property, tore it down, and is now working on building something new in its place. Neighbors are happy to see what’s to come.
The now-closed Northside Blodgett Middle School will also be transformed into 26 market-rate homes.
A goal of the partnership is to have people take pride in the home they live in whether renting or owning.
“We really want the city of Corning, as well the other municipalities we’re working with, we really want to change those, and change the paradigm of those cities where the housing stock is really deteriorating because we want to increase the housing stock, the quality of the housing stock so people feel good about where they live,” Eaton said.
Arbor adds that revitalization of properties also increases nearby property values for neighbors.