Mayor hails Griffiss Park complex

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In an open house on Friday, ongoing work on a mixed use housing project — Air City Lofts — was unveiled.

Seated on the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, the units — with rents ranging from $1,200 to $2,100 per month for units ranging in size from 830- to 1,460-square feet — are expected to start being move-in ready by November 1, according to real estate agents hosting the open house.

As previously reported, the project was aided by a $1.25 million state economic-development award geared toward creating living opportunities for people who work on Griffiss.

The site is a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments, and has commercial space that will be available with the intent to be used for restaurants and other businesses attractive to the area.

Residential unit amenities will include high-speed internet and television, a fitness center, bike storage, community lounges and roof terraces, covered parking, outdoor terraces and washers and dryers for each unit. Units have solid surface countertops and engineered wood flooring.

“These apartments are what we hoped they would be,” said Mayor Jacqueline Izzo.

“Our goal is to help employers attract a workforce. It is exciting,” Izzo added.

A ceremonial groundbreaking on the , $20 million, 84-unit complex was held in October 2019.

An estimated 6,000 people work on the former Air Force Base, now known as the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, which touts the Air Force Research Laboratory, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and the Eastern Air Defense Sector, along with several spin-off and related contractor, among its dozens of businesses. According to city and business park officials, some employers have said that a lack of housing options in the city has made the recruitment of new employees more difficult.

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