Liberty Gardens kicks off final phase of rehab project

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for the third and final phase of work at Liberty Gardens, the housing complex at 200 N. Levitt St.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Assistant Commissioner Lorraine Y. Collins, Mayor Joseph R. Fusco Jr., Omni Housing Development and the Rome Housing Authority took part in the event for the $10.4 million third phase.

The last phase includes two masonry two-story buildings and the construction of three new buildings. It consists of 52 of the 180 total units at the complex. The other 128 units were renovated in the first two phases. Contractor Charles A. Gaetano Construction of Utica is working on these first major renovations of the property in 60 years.

The three newly constructed building will be two-family duplex units — six total family units — at 207-209 and 213-215 N. Doxtator St.  The unit-break down for this phase of the project includes 44 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom units.

The renovations of the existing units included gutting each building to allow the insulation of exterior walls and the replacement of all kitchens and bathrooms, reconfiguration of unit layouts, replacement of the heating distribution system with a new energy efficient heating and cooling system, window replacement, reconfigured entries to “provide more attractive, better lit porches.” Also, the storm water management system will be revised to prevent flooding of crawl spaces and walkways.

Omni and the Authority have followed Energy Star Homes guidelines in the design and construction of the project with the ultimate goal of producing “healthy, energy-efficient, locally economic and affordable housing” for the Rome community.

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