A spokesperson for Home Leasing says the company plans to begin construction of the three-story apartment complex on Brown Street Extension just south of South Avenue in October, now that a $2.7 million state funding package has been announced.

The Keuka Gardens project calls for 42 apartments to be built in a three-story structure just north of Brock’s bowling alley. A driveway to the site will be built from the bowling alley’s parking lot.

May 10, Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised the grant in addition to $1.2 million that had previously been committed to the project.

The new funding is part of a $24.3 million package awarded to six affordable housing developments in the Finger Lakes that Cuomo says will create or preserve 269 affordable homes.

The Keuka Gardens project will offer 31 workforce apartments and 11 apartments for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Keuka Gardens will include office space for the supportive service provider, a community room, bicycle storage, and a playground. The building will meet Silver certification level of the US Green Building Council LEED Rating System.

The project was approved by the Penn Yan Village Planning Board in January 2017 after extensive commentary from neighboring property owners who had concerns about stormwater run-off, the apartment dweller’s line of vision to their property, and a sidewalk that will be built along Route 14A, among other things. Several people expressed concerns that the sidewalk will be steep and difficult to use.

Megan Houppert of Home Leasing says the State Department of Transportation has approved plans for the sidewalk, which will be built within the state highway easement.

She said once the complete financial package is secured, the construction should take 15 months.

In late 2016, the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announced that the Arc of Yates application of $1.2 million had been approved for the project.

The other awards for the Finger Lakes are:

• $4.8 million for Pintail Crossing, Town of Farmington;

• $4.9 million for Perry Knitting Mill Apartments, Village of Perry;

• $4 million for VOC Liberty Landing, City of Rochester;

• $5.1 million for Holley Gardens, Village of Holley;

• $2.7 million for Jefferson Wollensack City of Rochester.