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Housing council seeks Dundee parking options

DUNDEE (7/20/16)--Renee Bloom, executive director of Keuka Housing Council, spoke to the Dundee village board Tuesday, July 12 in regards to possible parking options for transitional housing apartments along Main Street. Bloom said the group got a $1 million grant, part of which will be used to renovate 12-20 Main St. for upstairs housing. Bloom said the Main Street apartments would be transitional housing for needy people, adding they need enough parking spaces for each unit to fit village zoning requirements. Adam Hunt of Keuka Housing Council later added this is funds from a Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) grant that was awarded for community housing improvements.
The Keuka Housing Council works to bring affordable housing to low and moderate income families in the area. The council started in 1976 and lis located at 160 Main St. in Penn Yan. The group focuses on community development, home repair services and the rehabilitation of existing properties to provide low-income rental opportunities.
Bloom said each of the five units needs at least two parking spaces available. However, since many of the people living there will not be able to afford multiple vehicles, she doubted if all 10 spaces would even be filled at once. Bloom asked the village if she would be able to get a memorandum of understanding to use the village parking lot, but Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said it would not work due to plowing issues in the winter time. He added the village does not have a police department to enforce the parking regulations, adding the New York State Police will not likely do parking enforcement for the village.
Bloom said the apartments will serve as transitional housing for those who need a place to live. Caryl Sutterby spoke in support of the project, noting Bloom has been working for years to make this project happen. Bloom said she expects her first closing in August. The board directed Bloom to speak with the owners of Earl's Pizzeria to see if they could work out an agreement for parking.
"I think your downtown will be a whole lot better," Bloom said.

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