SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new affordable housing project is expected to break ground later this month near the Saratoga Springs Amtrak station off Washington Street.
Intrada Saratoga Springs will comprise 147 housing units and 10 units for youths who are part of programs through the Clifton Park-based human services agency, CAPTAIN Community Human Services.
"After travelling throughout the region, we saw a need for affordable housing in Saratoga Springs," said Vecino Group President Rick Manzardo. "The town needs their service sector living close in order to survive and thrive."
The Springfield, Missouri-based company has built other affordable housing projects in the Capital Region — 444 River Lofts in Troy and Mosaic Village in Cohoes.
Intrada Saratoga Springs will feature four buildings — three, four-story buildings and one, three-story building — with a majority of one-bedroom floor plans but also some two- and three-bedroom units.
Manzardo said that, while the price of rent would vary by residents' income levels, one-bedroom units will go for between $679 and $1,068; two-bedrooms from $821 to $1,287, and three-bedrooms from $954 to $1,492.
All units will have a washer and dryer and access to a fitness center, a community room and a park.
At least 10 of the property's 19 acres will be placed under a conservation easement in order to protect the land from future development.
Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly said she's eager for the project to break ground.
"Affordable housing in the city is long overdue, so I'm excited to get this project underway," she said. "I look forward to its completion in order to service the community and workforce."
Maddy Zanetti, president of the Saratoga Downtown Business Association, said there are people who aren't able to live in Saratoga Springs due to high rent prices.
"A lot of people come in from out of town to work here, so this will definitely help," she said. "It will especially help restaurants who are trying to get employees who live closer to work. There's always talk that the apartments and condos that are being built are out of the employees' price ranges, so they need an affordable option, as do those getting out of college."
Manzardo said the company decided to partner with CAPTAIN after recognizing the issue of youth homelessness.
CAPTAIN Associate Executive Director Andy Gilpin said the 10 rent-controlled units, which will be for those between 18 and 24, will be the first affordable housing units the organization has been able to offer the population it serves.
"There are a lot of youth who have been kicked out and still need family support, and without that support, they can end up homeless," he said. "We'll focus on victims of a trafficking situation, mostly a sexual exploitation situation, and those who are chronically homeless."
Gilpin said a case manager would be responsible for day-to-day operations to ensure young residents are taking advantage of resources such as job training, with the goal of transitioning out of the program and becoming fully independent.
"This project is very important," he said. "While it isn't all ours, we're a significant part of it."
Manzardo said the Vecino Group hopes Intrada Saratoga Springs isn't the last project for the company in the city.
"Like all of our other projects, we like to leave the community better than we found it," he said. "We also hope to do more projects in Saratoga Springs in the future."