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Groundbreaking For New Housing In Cohoes

Sarit Schneider

New York State Homes and Community Renewal on Wednesday announced the start of construction at Lion Heart Residences in the City of Cohoes.

The $16.4 million dollar development is intended to provide affordable homes for working families and inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

The 72-unit project features 57 affordable one, two and three-bedroom apartments. 108th district Assemblyman John McDonald says the residential community features an added attraction:   "15 of those 72 units are gonna be dedicated to individuals living with developmental disabilities."

Lion Heart Residence will meet Green Building and Energy Efficiency initiatives. The project is one of ten statewide that received a portion of $23.7 million worth of state funds to either create or preserve high quality affordable housing to spur economic growth.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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