Wednesday, November 2, 2011


By spring, construction likely will be finished on seven new houses at the site of the former Lincoln School in West Utica and sold to first-time low- to moderate-income residents.

That was the message at a Monday ground breaking for the roughly $1.5 million project by Rebuild Mohawk Valley, a subsidiary of the Utica Municipal Housing Authority.

Sterling Modular Homes will build the single-family structures, and homebuyers will be required to participate in pre- and post-purchase counseling.

Sterling Homes factory
 Taras Herbowy, housing authority executive director, said the project will stabilize the neighborhood and drive up the value of nearby properties while adding money to the tax rolls.

He also said the project has significant benefits to residents seeking a better way of life.

“We’re demonstrating individuals do not necessarily need to rely upon subsidized housing forever,” Herbowy said.

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