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Ceremony officially opens pioneering apartments

BATAVIA -- Havenwood Congregate Living Apartments, described by officials as the only Veterans Affairs/community housing partnership in the nation, was formally opened Monday.

The $3.5 million two-story facility -- hailed as a "pioneer" and "unique" for its concept -- has 32 one-bedroom apartments for local elderly and disabled people. Built on three acres of the VA Western New York's Healthcare System's Batavia site, it was developed by Letchworth Development Corp. and is managed by the Genesee Valley Rural Preservation Council, both based in Mount Morris.

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, and Jill A. Alcorn, president and CEO of the developer, cut the ribbon. Reynolds was credited with getting $367,000 in federal funds.

He told an audience of residents, "We're providing an attractive housing option for members of our community who need it most."

Officials said the housing on VA property serves a "health care continuum," since the facility houses 19 veterans and four widows of veterans.

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