Gaze up at DePaul Upper Falls Square Apartments from the sidewalk on Hudson Avenue and it’s virtually impossible to envision what once occupied the space.
Where a forgotten three-acre neighborhood of abandoned houses once stood between Cleveland and Merrimac streets, there is now a beacon of community revival.
The ultra-modern design isn’t just appealing to the eye, it’s also environmentally friendly, designed to meet or exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency green building standards.
Upper Falls Square Apartments, an affordable housing community, was a collaborative effort between DePaul, the city of Rochester, Christa Construction, SWBR, Red Stone Equity Partners, the Coalition of NorthEast Associations, New York State Homes and Community Renewal and the New York State Office of Mental Health, as well as M&T Bank and JPMorgan Chase.
Construction began in 2017 and the first tenants moved into the spiffy new apartments in 2018. The two buildings house 150 units, with 75 set aside to allow individuals with a mental health diagnosis to live independently.
The buildings honor prominent community leaders. Building A, which contains 114 units, is named after the late Ellen Stubbs. During her 50 years as a nurse, she advocated for the community. Building B is named after Minister Raymond Scott and his wife Maxine, who have had a decades-long commitment to bettering the community.