Organization Name: Conifer Realty, LLC
Project Title: Market Apartments at Corpus Christi
Project Location: 880 East Main Street, Rochester, NY
Sitting vacant for over a decade, Conifer envisioned and implemented the transformation of the historic Corpus Christi School into 42 affordable, state-of-the-art apartment homes – some within the historic portion of the existing building and the remaining in a new addition, all under one roof. Market Apartments at Corpus Christi has positively impacted the East Main Arts and Market District by offering local artists a place to create, collaborate and live. This unique development maintains the historic landmark’s original character while offering residents brand new, spacious one and two bedroom units to live and a 2,600 square foot art studio to practice their medium of choice where they live. To help maintain the affordability of the community and keep resident costs low, Conifer utilizes Energy Star rated systems, appliances and fixtures and far exceeds the NYSERDA Energy Star program requirements offering the best to our residents.
Located in the East Main Arts and Market District of Rochester, Market Apartments offers an array of amenities, including, a fitness room, computer lab, laundry center, community room and a detached art studio. Notable in its design, Market Apartments preserves the historic nature of the surrounding neighborhood and the original 1914 structure by restoring the brick façade, wood clad windows and the replication of the original historic wood entrance doors. The interior showcases the original wood staircases, high ceilings and wood case work have all been preserved. Residents enjoy walking or biking to the Public Market, Village Gate, The Auditorium, Main Street Armory or to work nearby in Rochester’s center city. Market Apartments recently participated in a popular art and community intervention project, “Wall Therapy.” A team of artists from all over the United States select key locations to create public murals as a means to transform the urban landscape, inspire and b
This once blighted building has made a significant impact on the surrounding neighborhoods and has created a community for local artists struggling to find an affordable, decent place to call home. This untapped demand for artist housing has spurred activity along the Main Street Corridor. Since the development received funding from NYS Homes and Community Renewal, more affordable housing communities in the Neighborhood of the Arts have been coming to fruition.
“This development, in addition to being attractive and revitalizing that portion of East Main Street, also served a greater purpose in emphasizing and celebrating our artists and creative community members, of all ages,” said Elaine Spaull, Councilmember of the East District. “This apartment complex affords our artists and their families the opportunity to live safely and attractively with other creative types and to also have access to a studio and a presence for practicing music and creating art, in all its forms.”
Conifer is a nationally ranked, full-service real estate company specializing in the development, construction, management and ownership of high-quality, affordable housing communities. Since its inception in 1975, Conifer has grown considerably – currently owning and managing over 14,000 multi-family units in 220+ apartment communities. In addition, the Company consistently maintains a pipeline of over 30 unique projects in various stages of the development process. We strive every day to make our apartment communities the best in the market place. Our values-based approach and corporate mission continue to be the cornerstone of the Company’s success. We remain focused on hiring and retaining the best and brightest people who are committed to being good neighbors, building opportunities and achieving dreams.