Ceremony to highlight improvements at Colonial II apartments


ROME — Beacon Communities, one of the nation’s largest affordable housing firms, and Rome Housing Authority will be joined by federal, state and local officials at noon Wednesday, June 8 at a groundbreaking ceremony at Colonial II.

The $40.8 million Colonial II Apartments project is a complete rehabilitation of a 99-unit elderly and disabled affordable housing building, which was awarded just more than $1 million through the Buildings of Excellence Competition administered by the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) due to its cutting-edge carbon-neutral design.

All building systems will be electrified, and geothermal-sourced high-efficiency heat pumps will be installed, along with a small solar field.

The failing brick façade will be replaced with a panel system that improves temperature control and decreases overall energy usage.

Together, improvements will help the state advance its climate and clean energy goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050, officials said.

The Colonial II project is undertaken in partnership by Beacon Communities; the Rome Housing Authority; RIDA Architecture, PLLC; Staengl Engineering; Active Solar Development; and New Ecology Inc.

The rehabilitation of Colonial II’s interior will transform the original 99 units into 74 modern and affordable apartments available to households with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income.

The project will provide residents with the most up-to-date affordable units available. It builds on the success of the Colonial I rehabilitation – a $22 million project completed in 2019 — that created 83 energy-efficient, affordable homes for seniors and disabled individuals, upgrading a 1966 building constructed by the Rome Housing Authority.

The June 8 event will also be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/BeaconCommunities. A recording will be available after the event.


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