Controversial housing development to open

GLOVERSVILLE – The $11 million affordable-housing apartment complex the city unsuccessfully tried to block is completed and will open this month.

The 48-unit rental housing, which was developed by Kinderhook Development and is called Overlook Ridge Apartments, is off Northern Terrace and Lee Avenue on the new Santos Drive.

The complex will have unfurnished one-, two- and three-bedroom units available to families starting Thursday, said Lisa Titch, regional property manager of Two Plus Four Management.

Donna Bonfardeci of Kinderhook Development said there will be an official ribbon cutting in July, but the exact date hasn’t been determined.

Construction on the project began last year after the state Court of Appeals denied the city’s legal effort to block the project. The court denied a motion filed by the city to seek further appeal after the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kinderhook.

Titch said seven families already have been approved for the housing, and the complex is conducting interviews and accepting applications as they come in.

The income-based rent includes heat and hot water. Each unit comes with air conditioning and dishwashers, according to Two Plus Four Management.

The complex will have on-site security surveillance systems and laundry facilities in each building, Titch said.

Those who live at the housing development will have access to a large open community room with computers and Internet available to residents.

Children will have access to a playground designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

The affordable-housing project has eight one-bedroom, 32 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom apartments available.

The project includes four two-story buildings.

Since the project was proposed in 2009, residents in the area have voiced concerns about it. Particularly, some were concerned the development might exacerbate groundwater problems and change the character of their neighborhood.

Mayor Dayton King said he toured the facility Friday and was impressed.

“It looks fantastic out there, really state-of-the-art,” King said.

King said that police, under contract with the facility, will perform background checks on tenants.

“It is going to be a safe new place that will provide another alternative for people to live,” King said. “I think a lot of resistance came from our city because I believe we have a lot of affordable housing already, and what I would have liked to have seen was money spent to rehab the existing housing we have instead of creating more.”

Kinderhook Development, its partner 3d Development and the Fulton County Community Heritage Corp. received $2.9 million from the state in August 2010 to help pay for the project.

King said he is concerned the Kinderhook project may attract 48 families from other rental properties, leaving existing landlords with no tenants. He said 48 new families won’t necessarily move into the city to fill vacant apartments owned by private landlords.