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Catherine Gardens project breaks ground

PLATTSBURGH - The Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County and Affordable Housing Limited have officially broken ground for Catherine Gardens, an affordable housing project for senior citizens and families on North Catherine Street.

The co-developers were joined by dignitaries Feb. 12 to mark the occasion, with ceremonial shovels in hand.

Catherine Gardens - a 31-unit development consisting of one- and two-bedroom apartments - is being built on the site of the former Seton Academy, previously owned by the Brothers of Christian Instruction, and recently sold to the SCCCC. The $8 million investment converts a long-vacant and partially-blighted block to a use that meets local need while maintaining the character and history of the neighborhood.

Funding for the project has been garnered from a number of public and private sources.

Construction is expected to be completed this summer with a ribbon-cutting anticipated by September. Applications for housing will be taken beginning this spring.

Architect and engineering services are being provided by Architectural & Engineering Design Associates, Plattsburgh, and general contracting is being provided by Conroy & Conroy Contractors Inc., also of Plattsburgh.

For more information about Catherine Gardens, contact Maria Alexander at 563-6180.

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