The old Nusbickel building, located at 3 Broad Street in the Village of Lyons had seen its better days. Even with a partial remodel by C.A.S.H. (Community Action in Self Help) agency in 1986-87 “It was on its last legs,” said C.A.S.H. Director Eileen Porto.
In September of 2011 renovations of the 12 affordable, energy efficient housing units began, funded by the New York State Homes & Community Renewal Small Projects and Rural Area Revitalization Funds. The $1.6 million renovation of the 12, one bedroom apartments utilized local workers and suppliers in every extent possible.
Energy efficient was the standard, from the roof materials used to the paint throughout the project. Each apartment has bamboo flooring and will rent out at $405 per month plus electric, estimated at about $35 per month. The rent also including heat, water and trash removal.
According to Porto, seven of the units are already rented in the 600 foot apartments. On Wednesday, contractors, state and local representatives joined in a ribbon cutting signaling the opening of the building, with occupancy starting November 1st.