This article appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle on September 16, 2010.
Meaghan M. McDermott
GREECE - A year and a half after fire destroyed a nearly complete senior citizen apartment building on Long Pond Road, the rebuilt complex is open for business and full of tenants.
“This is truly a joyous occasion,” said Stuart Mitchell, president and CEO of PathStone Corp., owners of the Ada Ridge Court Phase I and Phase II apartments. He spoke Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the project’s Phase II. On Jan. 23, 2009, the 45 apartments in the Phase II building burned in a four-alarm conflagration sparked by a faulty heating unit.
The burned-out remains had to be razed.
But by March 2010, a new Phase II had been built and by the end of April, all 45 units inside had been rented out, said Mitchell. He said the speed with which the apartments were filled shows the need for more local affordable housing options for senior citizens.
June Rice agreed. She and her husband, Bob, were among the first residents to move to Ada Ridge Court when Phase I opened in 2001. “There are a whole lot of seniors on fixed incomes, with Social Security as their primary source of income,” said June Rice. “Without affordable housing, I’m not sure where we would end up.”
The $6 million Ada Ridge Phase II project was funded through a combination of federal, state and county grants, along with private investments. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said the project is a good example of government doing things right.
“This is an investment in our local economy and an investment in the quality of life for our residents,” she said.
The quality of life is what drew Rose Dowd to Ada Ridge. She’s lived there since 2001.
“I love it here,” she said. “It’s perfect. We’re near the mall, churches, Wegmans, we’re on a bus line and the price is right.”