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The Community Builders Opens a Beautiful New Affordable/Supportive Housing Residence


Tapestry on the Hudson opens in Troy.

Cutting the ribbon at Tapestry on the Hudson.

On June 6th, The Community Builders and Unity House held a ribbon cutting for Tapestry on the Hudson (“Tapestry”), a new affordable and supportive housing residence in Troy.  The residence, a former collar factory, was converted into 67 apartments, including 19 supportive units primarily for families.  Troy is known as the Collar City having been the one-time center of manufacturing for celluloid collars at the turn of the 20th Century. 

Jennica Petrik-Huff of The Community Builders mc’ed the ribbon-cutting. Also on hand was NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) CEO and Commissioner, RuthAnne Visnauskas, who said, "Safe, affordable places to call home are critical to the future of families and the success of communities." Other dignitaries at the event included the Mayor of Troy, Patrick Madden and Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) Barbara Guinn.

NYS Assemblyman John McDonald said, "This type of development is a trend that we are seeing more of in the region and I am hopeful it will continue. The City of Troy is very fortunate to have The Community Builders as a partner in North Central Troy and I am pleased to see investment in this area."

As usual, resident testimony was the highlight of the event. The tenant who spoke at the ribbon cutting talked about all the ways living at Tapestry had changed her, ending with the simple statement:  “Tapestry saved my life.”

On-site services at Tapestry are provided by Unity House and funded by OTDA. In addition to case management, counseling and peer support, staff will provide childcare and afterschool programming.

The residence itself features a host of environmentally-friendly elements: an elevated green deck irrigated with rainwater from the main building’s roof; outdoor seating areas with raised garden beds; and a geothermal heating and cooling system. There is an exercise room and a community room with a computer lab and a kitchen as well as an outdoor playground. The development is within walking distance of the upcoming Urban Grow Center that will offer a shared-use community commercial kitchen, community resource rooms, indoor and outdoor event space, and year-round greenhouses to residents. Tapestry is also close to the city's new Capital District Transportation Authority transit hub.

The residence was financed by HCR, contributing both 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Housing Trust Fund, and OTDA’s Homeless Housing Assistance Program. Predevelopment funding was provided by The Leviticus Fund. New York State also contributed services funding through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. Tapestry is the first ESSHI program to open in the Capital Region. The architect was Dave Sadowsky Architect P.C. The contractor was UW Marx Construction. The syndicator was Key Community Development Corporation.

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