Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
Over 200 families got one step closer to a new home recently as the Town of North Hempstead held a lottery for affordable rental apartments in New Cassel.
More than 100 residents and elected officials attended the August 5 drawing which was held at the “Yes We Can” Center. Over 350 applicants entered their names in hopes of securing one of the three dozen units in the soon to be completed Cathedral Place Apartments on Prospect Avenue. 255 names were randomly drawn and numbered in the order in which their applications will be evaluated. Applicants must not meet a certain amount of income (this number varies based on the apartment size) and pass a background and credit check.
The apartment complex, which is set to open in late fall, offers amenities such as a fitness center and laundry facility, and on-site management and leasing office. It features a mix of 18 one-bedroom units, 14 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units.
The three-story apartment complex was initiated jointly by the Town of North Hempstead and the North Hempstead Community Development Agency. It was developed through a public/private sector collaboration consisting of Conifer Realty, Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI), Nassau County and New York State, which secured over $2 million in funding. An official ribbon-cutting is scheduled for late fall.
“Thanks to collaborative efforts between the town, the county, and the private sector, we are one step closer to achieving the shared vision New Cassel residents envisioned for this community,” said Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman. “This project is a welcome addition to the mix of affordable multi-use structures that makes this area a desirable place to live.”
“Today is yet another great day in this community,” said North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell. “The completion of this project truly is a national model for how governments on all levels can collaborate with the private sector and the local community to help improve the quality of life for residents.”
The collaborative effort is noteworthy, officials said, in that the entire process, from selecting a builder through the competitive bidding process and the lottery, took just two years. The groundbreaking on the project was conducted by Conifer Realty and CDCLI one year ago.
“I am truly impressed at how fast it all happened, and that would not have been the case if it weren’t for the partnership between federal, state and local government, private partners and the community,” said Marianne Garvin, President & CEO of CDCLI. “We are pleased to be a part of the revitalization of the New Cassel community through the development of much-needed affordable housing,”
Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano, a former Town Councilman in North Hempstead who also represents the area, said, “I am very proud to be part of the ongoing efforts to rejuvenate the community and improve the quality of life of New Cassel residents as a whole.”
Pointing to Long Island’s shortage of affordable housing, New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine said the three dozen Cathedral Place apartment units won’t solve the crisis but “we’ve got to start some place. The community of New Cassel has come a very long way,” he said, “and I am confident it will not stop here.”
State Senator Jack Martins said, “This is a great project filling a real need in a great community. I was happy to help secure the $2.1 million that made this project a reality and look forward to partnering with the shareholders in New Cassel and the town on similar projects in the future.”