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More inclusive housing planned for the Brockport area

Nov 8, 2019

Credit Lifetime Assistance/Rochester's Cornerstone Group

Ground was broken for new affordable housing in Western Monroe County Friday that will help serve a variety of tenants, including those who have various disabilities.

The project is spearheaded by Lifetime Assistance, the local organization that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Also leading the Frances Apartments project is Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, which works to develop affordable housing.

James Branciforte is the President and CEO of Lifetime Assistance. He says this new effort is Phase 2 of a project in the Brockport area. It has 48 units of affordable housing with some of those units set aside for people with disabilities.

“Providing accommodations and accessibility for people who may use a wheelchair or who have some special needs , addressing those needs, special systems for people who are deaf, fire alarm systems, doorbell systems, those kinds of things,” Branciforte explained.

The project, named the Frances Apartments, originally opened with Phase One, in October 2017.

Phase One of this project opened two years ago, and it consists of 56 units of inclusive housing created for low to moderate income families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

The project has been funded with a variety of federal, state and local government resources and private donations.