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City celebrates Brooks Court groundbreaking

City officials helped break ground Wednesday during a ceremony for the Brooks Court project in the 19th Ward.

On hand were Mayor Thomas S. Richards; R. Carlos Carballada, Neighborhood and Business Development commissioner; and Dana Miller, Rochester City Council vice president. They joined Jeffrey Smith, president and CEO of Woodstone Custom Homes Inc., and Jodi Weinberger, of Woodstone Realty, at the Brooks Court site at 1170 Genesee St.

The Brooks Court project will feature the construction of a new neighborhood street that will be called Brookcrest Way. On the street, 29 new, single-family, market-rate homes will be built with designs reminiscent of the Craftsman and Bungalow “city house” styles prevalent in the early- to mid-1900s. Construction of the new street at the former Valley Court Apartment site in the 19th Ward has begun and the homes will begin to be constructed in September. The entire project is expected to be completed in 3 years.

The city provided a $765,000 grant to support the affordable homeownership component of the project and is offering a limited number of substantial purchase price subsidy grants to income-eligible homebuyers who do not qualify for a residential mortgage from a lender at the original purchase price.