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$38M Renovation at Elbee Gardens Will Preserve Affordable Housing Units

By Nicholas Rizzi | August 10, 2017 1:26pm
 A $36 million renovation at the Elbee Gardens apartment building will preserve 178-units of affordable housing for 30 years.
A $36 million renovation at the Elbee Gardens apartment building will preserve 178-units of affordable housing for 30 years.
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GRASMERE — A $38 million renovation of the aging Elbee Gardens building will preserve 178-units of affordable housing for at least 30 years, setting aside some for formerly homeless residents in the future, officials said Wednesday.

The six-story building at 1950 Clove Road — which hasn't had a major overhaul since 1973 — had renovations made to its apartments, hallways, common spaces, and work done on its facade and its electrical and sewer systems, according to the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

The work, which was done by the building's owner Arker Companies, also completely replaced the building's boilers, roof and elevators.

"Preserving and improving our existing affordable housing stock is a key strategy in meeting New York’s housing needs," Lynne Patton, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, said in a statement.

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"The extensive renovations at Elbee Gardens we celebrate today will keep this housing viable and keep the Grasmere community thriving for the next generation of New Yorkers," she said.

The building is fully occupied but officials plan to set aside 36 of the units to formerly homeless tenants once space opens up.

Elbee Gardens, which was built in the 1970s, serves low-income residents through Section 8 vouchers that allow them to pay no more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent, HPD said.