PENN YAN — The Keuka Gardens apartment building on Brown St. is already being occupied, according to Finger Lakes Economic Development Center CEO Steve Griffin. He reported to the FLEDC board last week that all but seven of the 42 one- and two- bedroom apartments have been leased, and Home Leasing Co. expects it to be full by February. Residents are permitted to begin moving in this week.

The building has six two-bedroom apartments and 36 one-bedroom apartments, a community room, fitness center, patios and balconies, secure interior bicycle storage, raised garden beds, a playground, on-site management offices, on-site parking and bulk storage. Griffin says 25 of the one-bedroom apartments rent for $562 per month, 11 for $625/month, and the six two-bedroom apartments rent for $700/month.

Thirty one units are targeted for households with incomes at or below 50 - 60% of the area median income, with 11 supportive housing units for individuals with developmental disabilities, dispersed throughout the building to provide an independent, private living space that is integrated in the community. Five of the units are fully accessible and adapted for persons with mobility impairments, and two are equipped for persons with audio or visual impairments.

Griffin also reported that the Keuka Shores project on Rte. 54 opposite Red Jacket Park is moving forward rapidly with the multiple buildings at every state of construction from laying foundations to interior finishing. Griffin says that while they are not yet leasing, the owners say that 11 interested parties are ready to commit when leasing does open.