For decades, the long blocks of the Kennedy and Olean Townhouses formed a wall between Plymouth/Exchange, or “Plex” neighborhood here, and the restored Corn Hill historic district to the north. But that changed in January 2006, when Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, Ltd. opened the first new homes at Plymouth Manor and Carlson Commons less than three years after the Rochester Housing Authority won a 2003 HOPE VI grant from HUD.
New houses in groups of five or six now fill once-abandoned lots in the Plex, patching old holes in the fabric of the blighted neighborhood. The homes are part of a 144-unit redevelopment of the Kennedy/Olean project and are split between rental housing affordable to low-income families and public housing rentals, which carry deeper rent subsidies.
About half of the new units that replaced the crumbling public housing apartments in the Kennedy/Olean development were constructed on the old site.
Cornerstone finished and leased all 67 new homes and townhomes in the Plymouth Manor development, which served as Phase I of the revitalization project, by July 2006. Just seven months later, about a year ahead of HUD’s five-year deadline, work was finished on the 77 homes and townhouses in the second phase, known as Carlson Commons.
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