NORTH CREEK - The 24-unit apartment complex for the elderly in North Creek known as White Water Manor recently received a $140,000 grant to upgrade the building's weatherization and increase electric usage efficiency.
The grant was awarded from the state Department of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR). Lexington Management, Inc. aided in writing the grant and will manage the project.
"Our role is to seek out opportunities and assist in the grant writing process," said project manager Penny Black Rudinger.
With the rise in energy costs and the growing inefficiency of the aging building at White Water Manor, costs were becoming a burden. Tenants pay their own utility bills and were becoming more dependent on outside assistance.
The plans include the installation of all new insulation, an upgrade the refrigerators in each unit, the addition of more efficient windows and improvements to the water system.
"The projects that we are planning will significantly improve our energy usage as well as reduce the utility bills of our tenants," said site manager Frank Boos.
"This will help to keep rent lower by saving money in common areas," said Rudinger.
Not only will the improvements increase energy efficiency and reduce utilities bills, it is also a benefit for the tax payer. The grant reduces the need for a dependency on the New York State rental assistance or other subsidy funds drawn from taxes.
Local contractors will have the opportunity to bid on the upcoming projects, creating a local job market.
"This project is integral to the community in that it provides a place for local elderly to live alone in a secure and convenient environment," said Rudinger.
According to Rudinger, they hope to have the improvements completed before the end of the year.
The White Water Manor was built in 1991 from funds provided by the rural development efforts of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Tenants are 62 years and older or are disabled or handicapped of any age. Currently, there are three available apartments in White Water Manor.
Upcoming projects will include the installation of an elevator through an additional grant opportunity.