UticaObserverDispatch in New York reports the site of the former Lincoln School in West Utica will be home to seven modular homes for first time buyers with low-to-moderate incomes. The Monday groundbreaking for the $1.5 million project by Rebuild Mohawk Valley will result in a more stable neighborhood, increased property values for nearby residents, and add to the tax rolls, according to Taras Herbowy, executive director of the Utica Municipal Housing Authority. Home buyers will have to undergo pre-and post-purchase counseling for the single-family homes being built by Sterling Modular Homes of Depew, NY. Noting residents will benefit from having a better way of life, Herbowy says, “We’re demonstrating individuals do not necessarily need to rely upon subsidized housing forever.” The Utica City School District sold the property to the housing authority in 2009.
(Graphic credit: Sterling Modular Homes)