News Release - Mayor Richards, Councilmembers, Community Leaders Celebrate El Camino Estates Phase II Opening

City of Rochester

News Release

(Friday, Nov. 16, 2012) –  Mayor Thomas S. Richards, City Council President Lovely A. Warren and Councilmember Jackie Ortiz joined community leaders Friday to celebrate the grand opening of Phase II of the El Camino Estates housing development in Northeast Rochester.

El Camino Estates Phase II includes the construction of 25 rental housing units on clustered sites located near the El Camino Trail. Phase I was completed in 2010 in the same area and also included 25 units. Both projects are the result of a successful collaboration between the City, Ibero-American Development Corp. (IADC) and Rochester’s Cornerstone Group.

“Safe, decent and affordable housing is a bedrock value of a community,” said Mayor Richards. “When people feel good about their homes, they take pride in their neighborhood and the community beyond. I want to thank the Ibero-American Development Corp. and Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, and their sponsoring agencies, for their commitment to this neighborhood.”

El Camino Estates Phase II is a $6.2 million project, toward which the City contributed $500,000. Other sources include $4.5 million from the NYS Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program; $1.2 million from the N.Y. State Housing Trust Fund; $25,00 from the N.Y. State Energy Research and Development Authority; and $29,000 in deferred developer fees.

Of the 25 units, 15 are three-bedroom and 10 are four-bedroom, three of which are accessible for people with disabilities. Two units were designed for the hearing- and visually impaired and four units are reserved for households with a family member with either a physical or developmental disability. All units meet or exceed the standards for the N.Y. State Division of Housing and Community Renewal Green Building Initiatives and the N.Y. State Energy Efficiency Initiative.

El Camino Estates is part of broad revitalization plan that includes a neighborhood planning process initiated by IADC. Participants include Group 14621, the Huntington Park Block Group, the FLRT (Flower, Lill, Radio and Treyer Streets) Block Club, the Evergreen Block Club, Ibero-American Action League, Genesee Land Trust, St. Michael’s Church, Roberto Clemente School, the Northeast Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center and other City staff.  The project provides further development near the recently constructed El Camino Trail, a rails-to-trails project that officially opened June 2.

IADC will continue to partner with other stakeholders to work with neighborhood residents use available resources to keep their properties in good condition and enhance the appearance of the neighborhood.

All units are for families who earn 50 percent or less of the Metropolitan Rochester median income. At the end of a15-year compliance period, the single-family homes will be offered to the tenants for purchase.


News Media: For more information, contact Bret Garwood, Director of Business and Housing Development, at 428-6150