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Brian Crandall, Staff Writer
The Ithaca Voice

"ITHACA, N.Y. -- It's safe to say this is under construction. Work has commenced on Conifer LLC’s Cayuga Meadows affordable senior housing project on West Hill.

Cayuga Meadows is a 3-story, 58,500 SF apartment building with 68 units, 59 1-bedroom and 9 2-bedroom. The units will be available to individuals aged 55 and older, with incomes 60% or less or the Area Median Income (AMI). AMI in Tompkins County is about $53,000 per household, so a qualifying senior household would have an annual income of $31,800 or less. 7 units will be accessible to mobility-impaired individuals, and 3 units will be designed to accommodate hearing or visually-impaired occupants. Included in the plans are two covered patios, a community garden, and stormwater, lighting and landscaping improvements. 67 parking spaces will be paved behind the building.

The history of Cayuga Meadows goes back a few years, and has its share of twists. Originally, the project had been conceived as “Conifer West Hill” in 2009 as a component to a Cornell-led mixed-use development on about 36 acres of land across from Cayuga Medical Center. Rochester-based Conifer’s part in the plan has always been the same – affordable housing for seniors. But Cornell had other plans for the rest of the acreage.

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Conifer is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Volunteers of America Upstate New York (VOAUPNY), a brand new, 60-unit, senior apartment community is now leasing in Webster! 

Cobblestone Place at Webster

Cobblestone Place at Webster will be opening in late 2016, offering spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes, including HVI units for those with special needs. Individuals 62+ can stay close to home in an affordable, high-quality, state-of-the-art apartment community, featuring many amenities, including energy efficient appliances, patio or balcony, fitness room and great room for social events. Located off Ridge Road, residents will enjoy being less than a mile from banking, restaurants, medical centers, shopping and more!

To obtain an application, please visit the property webpage to fill out the digital interest list form, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (585) 280-5083. Send completed applications to PO Box #849, Webster, NY 14580

Robin K. Cooper, Reporter
Albany Business Review

"A Rochester real estate developer has purchased 17 acres of land on Route 67 in Ballston, New York, where the company is seeking approval to build 140 apartments.

Conifer Realty, which has developed more than 220 apartment communities in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, acquired property along the heavily traveled corridor in Saratoga County for $2.47 million. The deal closed July 1.

The land was purchased from Hal Schultz, a real estate developer who has been working to develop and market the property since 2007. That was two years before computer chip maker GlobalFoundries began building its $15 billion factory less than 10 minutes away.

Schultz, who ran H.R. Schultz Inc. construction company in Ballston until retiring two years ago, started acquiring property on Route 67 near East Line Road in 1978.

He grew up on Wolf Road in Colonie, one of the Albany region's busiest commercial corridors, and he saw potential decades ago for residential and commercial development along Route 67, which carries an average of 16,000 vehicles per day between Route 50 in Ballston to Exit 12 of the Interstate 87 Northway in Malta.

Schultz said his real estate agent, Dean Taylor of Re/Max in Clifton Park, identified Conifer Realty as a potential buyer and developer of an area where Schultz had envisioned investing $35 million to construct apartments, townhomes, offices and retail space.

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The South Wedge Farmers Market, which operates under the direction of the South Wedge Planning Committee (SWPC), is stationed outside of The Hamilton Apartments on Mount Hope every Thursday night from 4pm-7pm from June through October.

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The Farmers Market offers locally grown food from vendors less than 100 miles from Rochester, live music with electric provided by The Hamilton Apartments, and cooking demonstrations from local chefs. 2016 is the 10th season for The South Wedge Farmers Market with a goal to provide healthy, fresh food to the city and support the community’s well-being.

Come to the Genesee Gateway Park at Mount Hope and Alexander this Thursday and enjoy some local vendors, such as, Blue Toad Cider, Happy Pickle, Lagoner Farms, Paw-La’s Pantry, Pudgy Girl Bakery and more! 

154The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA Rural Development) announced the winners of the National Multi-Family Housing Maintenance People of the Year for 2016. We are proud to announce Al Baxter, Maintenance Mentor at Willow Landing Apartments I & II, was one of two recipients of this award. This is the second year USDA Rural Development has given an award for Maintenance Person of the Year.

“Congratulations to Albert “Al” Baxter, the Rural Development winner for family projects, of Willow Landing Apartments I & II in Palmyra, New York. Al was nominated for his phenomenal work keeping up with the maintenance work at the projects (apartment communities). A celebration, date and time to-be-determined, will be held at Willow Landing Apartments this summer,” an excerpt from USDA Rural Development’s May/June/July MFH Newsflash.

A panel of housing professionals from CARH and representatives from USDA Rural Development made the selections. Winners were selected from numerous nominations from several states.

Please join us in congratulating Al on providing maintenance care beyond expectations. He is a true testament to the professional employees who continue to show their dedication at Conifer. 

Conifer is delighted to announce that Copiague Commons, a brand new development currently under construction, was awarded with VISION Long Island’s Smart Growth Award.

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Copiague Commons was recognized with the “Housing Choices” honor during VISION Long Island’s 15th Annual Smart Growth Awards on June 10th. These prestigious awards are presented to organizations that display industry leadership in advancing projects, regulations and initiatives. The significant shortage of affordable housing on Long Island has contributed to young professionals leaving the area, resulting in an island-wide “brain drain”. Copiague Commons was recognized as a leader in the process of creating a wider range of housing choices that have the potential to retain students and families.

Construction for Copiague Commons began in March 2016 and is conveniently located across from the Long Island Railroad in Downtown Copiague. The development affords its residents the ease of access to public transportation, neighborhood amenities and ENERGY STAR rated appliances and fixtures in each apartment home.

Initial occupancy is projected for summer 2017. To obtain more information about Copiague Commons, visit, call (631) 693-6591 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Brian Crandall, Staff Writer
Ithaca Voice

"ITHACA, N.Y. -- It's no secret that a lack of affordable housing is an issue in Tompkins County. Conifer LLC is hoping to make a dent in the deficit.

The Rochester-based company is moving forward with plans for a second phase of the Poet's Landing affordable apartment project in the village of Dryden, across the street from Dryden High School. Conifer was just awarded $1.6 million in a Housing Trust Fund grant from the State of New York's Homes and Community Renewal division, and $734,956 in low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) to help finance construction of the new apartments.

Poets Landing

As described in the Voice previously, financing affordable housing is complicated, depending on a mix of public and private funding sources, and it usually takes years to be awarded funding, because the programs receive far more applications than there is money available, about three applications for each grantee. Conifer's $10.8 million expansion of Poet's Landing will rely on the state Housing Trust Fund grant and low-income housing credit equity, as well as a construction loan from Citibank.

Plans call for 48 units - 24 1-bedroom, 16 2-bedroom, and 8 3-bedroom units. Three units will be adapted for mobility-impaired residents, and a fourth unit will be adapted to individuals who are hearing or vision-impaired. According to a filing with the state as part of the grant application,the gross rents (rent plus utilities) will range from $724 to $1,070 a month, to be occupied by households with incomes 50% to 60% of area median income.

2015 AMI in Tompkins County is $54,100 for a single person, and $61,800 for a two-person household, and $69,500 for a three-person household. Therefore, the income limits are $27,050-$32,460 for a single person, $30,900-$37,080 for a two-person household, and $34,750-$41,700 for a three-person household.

The new units will be built in 6 2-story buildings directly west of the first phase of Poet's Landing, which opened in early 2013. Conifer-LeChase Construction (a joint venture between the two firms) will serve as the general contractor for the project, and Rochester-based NH Architecture will be designing the units. Both companies are already active in Ithaca, with LeChase finishing up the Carey Building in downtown Ithaca, and NH Architecture working on the new wing of the Hotel Ithaca currently under construction.

Conifer itself will be quite busy in Tompkins County over the coming year, as work commences on their Cayuga Meadows apartments on West Hill, a 68-unit affordable housing project aimed at seniors.

A company spokeswoman declined to comment about Phase II of Poet's Landing, saying they wanted to start construction before engaging in interviews. The tentative timeline is to start construction in August or early September, with the first tenants moving in during late summer 2017.

Press of Atlantic City

"Representatives from the Christie administration joined federal and local officials, the Atlantic City Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Agency and Conifer Realty, LLC Wednesday to mark the groundbreaking for The Meadows, a new affordable housing development in Atlantic City.

The development, located in the Back Maryland section of the city, will have 90 one- to three-bedroom units, according to an announcement from the state Department of Community Affairs.

The development will include a community building with a community room, computer room, management offices and additional maintenance space, the DCA said. Housing units will have a dishwasher, refrigerator, air conditioning and an electric oven. Residents in 62 of the 90 units will receive rental assistance, the DCA said.

The DCA said the project, which will be developed by Conifer Realty, LLC, has been awarded $5.8 million in federal Sandy recovery funds.

The HMFA also provided approximately $14.6 million in agency financing and awarded the project 4 percent federal low-income housing tax credits that will generate more than $9.9 million in private equity, the DCA said. Other funding sources for the project include HOPE VI funds from the Atlantic City Housing Authority and a deferred developer fee.

The project is expected to be completed in March 2016. The Atlantic City Housing Authority and Conifer Realty, LLC, will begin to accept apartment applications for available units in November of 2016.

Until then, residents can request to be placed on the interest list by calling 609-385-0676. People on the interest list will be notified when applications become available."

Conifer is proud to announce the recipients of the Annual Property Management Excellence Awards. The award winners are an extension of Conifer’s values, they positively impact the lives of our residents and support our unwavering dedication to providing high-quality homes that welcome workforce families, elderly and those with special needs. These committed recipients were announced during Conifer’s annual leadership conference with 300 employees in attendance to celebrate, connect, collaborate and communicate. 

2016 Conifer Conference Award Winners

From left to right: Al Baxter (2016 Maintenance Person of the Year for Family Housing awarded from the USDA Rural Development); Wayne Chapman (Property of the Year); Karen Coleman (Co-Rookie of the Year); Dorisa Otero (Manager of the Year); Patti Painton (Conifer Value Award); Karen Koskinen (Most Improved Property NOI); Laurie Thomas (Co-Rookie of the Year); Brandi Pecor (Most Improved Property NOI); Sue Terwilliger (Most Improved Property NOI); not pictured: Jacqueline Majors-Myles (Outstanding Customer Service) & Robert Figueroa (Maintenance Supervisor of the Year)

Please join us in congratulating our exception employees on a great 2015 and even better 2016! 

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
NH&RA, Member News

"Conifer Realty, LLC, celebrated the completion of construction and occupancy of Wincoram Commons in Coram, New York, alongside Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County and New York State officials, as well as civic leaders and private funders. The $56 million development consists of 176 mixed-income multifamily rental apartments, 9,000 square feet of office/retail space, a community center, and a connector road between Route 112 and Route 25 which serves as the main street for the development.

Wincoram Commons Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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