OWEGO (WBNG) -- A new multimillion dollar facility in Owego is provider a valuable service to area seniors.
12 News continues to follow the money, finding out where the $500 million awarded to the Southern Tier back in 2015 is being spent. The money is being awarded over a five-year period. The Southern Tier was awarded the money from the state through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
In Owego, more than $12 Million has helped create affordable housing for seniors impacted by flooding.
Owego Gardens is an apartment complex for low-income and middle-income seniors, ages 55 and older. This project continues the healing and recovery efforts from the devastating flood six years ago.
Several of the tenants lost their homes because of the flood, but are now able to stay close by.
The design of the building is prepared for all types of wild weather we see in our area. It features backflow preventers on incoming waterlines, hurricane strapping on the roof, and constructing gravity-based drainage to accommodate storm water.
"It is wonderful. Just wonderful. To have a place for the senior community and there are quite a few of us here, so it is really nice," said Jacqueline Hawkins of Owego.
Tenants began moving in back in January. The complex official opened in May and is near maximum capacity.
More than $150 million in state funding has been spent in another part of Tioga County.
In Nichols, Crown Holdings Inc. was awarded funding to expand its business operations. The investment will bring more than 160 new jobs by 2018. The facility official opened in April.