Construction done on affordable housing at former Bryant School

HORNELL, N.Y. (WETM) — The $14.3 million construction project that transformed a former public school in Hornell into affordable housing is now complete.

According to Governor Hochul’s Office, the Bryant School Apartments are now ready for working families. The 39 units are affordable to households earning at or below 60% of the Area Media Income (AMI). The building has two studio apartments, 23 one-bedroom apartments, and 14 two-bedroom apartments. Maximum incomes for each type of apartment and family size can be found on this webpage.

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“The new Bryant School Apartments are a perfect example of adaptive reuse and reinvestment in our local infrastructure,” said Assemblymember Phil Palmesano. “This is great news for the City of Hornell and the local community. Preserving history and addressing a local need by creating 39 new affordable apartments is evidence that federal, state, local, public and private entities can work together.”

Bryant Elementary School closed in 2021, and construction began on the apartment project on Aug. 30, 2022. The original two-story, 50,000-square-foot structure was renovated, and a 8,500-square-foot addition was added to the south end of the building. The project kept the original hallway tile, entrance sign, playground, and fenced-in green space and added amenities. Residents will have access to a fitness center, a community room with a kitchen, and laundry rooms on each floor, all of which were added during the construction project. All residents will also have free high-speed broadband internet.

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This apartment building is considered to be energy efficient and has Energy Star-rated appliances, equipment, and lighting. The project used low-VOC (volatile organic chemical) building materials and integrated pest management.

The Bryant School Apartments were funded in part by $7.7 million in Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, $2 million in State Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and $3.5 million in subsidies from Homes and Community Renewal.

Rent, floor plans, and applications can be found on Park Grove Realty’s website.

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