On September 15th, DePaul joined with state officials and partners to celebrate the opening of Lock 7 Apartments in Oswego, New York. Constructed on the former site of the Breneman Company, Lock 7 features 80 affordable apartments, of which 40 are supportive, reserved for individuals and families experiencing homelessness including seniors and those living with mental illness. On-site services are funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas praised said the project, "This new $26 million development adds to Oswego's resurgence and solidifies downtown as a great place to live, work and visit. The State's efforts to convert the city's unused manufacturing properties into affordable housing has created 225 new homes this year alone and boosted economic growth by creating a more active and thriving downtown.”
NYS Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, "The new Lock 7 Apartments will provide beautiful homes with on-site services that will enable individuals living with mental illness to live full and independent lives with families and friends in their own community.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie expressed gratitude for the new affordable and supportive housing residence stating "I applaud the completion of the Lock 7 apartment complex project, which will help provide affordable, energy efficient housing for those who need it most. Not only will the complex help meet a critical need in the community, this effort is helping to develop a vacant property that for two decades has sat vacant. I congratulate everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition and look forward to seeing the difference it makes in the city of Oswego."
Oswego Mayor William Barlow Jr. said, "It has been a pleasure for the City of Oswego to work with HCR and DePaul to bring the new Lock 7 apartment complex to completion. This project fills a large void in the local housing market and gives individuals and families an opportunity for quality and affordable housing in a great location."
Mark Migliacci Vice President, Chase Community Development Banking said "We're pleased to support DePaul and the city of Oswego with the development of the Lock 7 Apartments. These high-quality, sustainable homes will be an indispensable asset for the community, increasing the local stock of affordable housing and transforming the lives of seniors and individuals with the addition of onsite supportive services."
Director Leonard Skrill, Upstate West Development Director from New York State Homes and Renewal Community said “Quality housing is needed here in Oswego. It’s no exception,” “We have made great progress here where we intend to do much more.” for long-term residents, like tracking the private investments that carry the revitalization.”
Speakers at the open house included DePaul President Mark Fuller, Tracy Conley, Vice President & Mortgage Officer at the Community Preservation Corporation, Department of Social Services Commissioner Stacy Alvord and several others from county and state offices.
Building amenities include laundry facilities, off-street parking, a community room, lounges, and a computer lab. On site services are provided by DePaul and funded by the Office of Mental Health through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.
Financing for Lock 7 came from Federal Low-Income Tax Credits, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance through the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, NYSERDA, a Project Development Grant from OMH, the Community Preservation Corporation, JPMorgan Chase and the Federal Home Loan Bank.
The architect is SWBR Architects and the contractor is Christa Construction.