Medley Centre: Senior housing proposed in former Sears
by: Sarah Taddeo
PathStone Corp. is proposing to bring approximately 150 senior apartments to the Sears site at the former Medley Centre mall in a bid to meet the burgeoning need for senior housing in the Irondequoit area.
The project, which will enter Irondequoit’s town development process later this summer, is in its early development and design stages. The preliminary plans for the 7-acre parcel include:
- A two-story building with several courtyards, which will contain approximately 70 units, is proposed for the former Sears site. It will be connected to the existing mall structure via secure doors. Most of the units will be one-bedroom, with several two-bedroom apartments.
- A five-story building, containing approximately 80 units, will be built to the east of the first building and connected via a skyway. Four stories will contain housing, while the first floor would be covered parking.
- The project would have 155 parking spots.
- A community space for the buildings’ residents to have meetings, meals or other activities is proposed.
- PathStone is identifying services that could be integrated with the development to allow “frail elderly” to stay independent in the apartments as long as possible, said Amy Casciani, senior vice president for real estate development at PathStone.
- The agency is working to obtain state funding and tax credits for the project, said Casciani.
This proposal is well-suited for this specific parcel in that it revitalizes a portion of the former mall while providing for Irondequoit’s legacy population, Casciani said.
“There’s a lot of vacant malls all over upstate New York and all over the country, and there’s a huge need for affordable housing,” said Casciani. “This would be a great way to introduce affordable housing in communities that desperately need it, but don’t have enough space for new construction.”
As an Irondequoit native, she remembers seniors using the mall as a community and exercise space, she said. With new development on the horizon there, including the town’s community center, the area could soon become a hub for senior living again.
PathStone manages another affordable housing location in Irondequoit — Hobie Creek Apartments on Brower Road — and it has a lengthy waiting list for units, she said.