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DePaul Lock 7 Apartments Recognized as Project of the Year Upstate by NYSAFAH

October 11, 2023

SWBR is pleased to announce that DePaul Lock 7 Apartments in Oswego, NY has been recognized as the 2023 Upstate Project of the Year by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing Association (NYSAFAH). The prestigious awards program recognizes excellence in design, financing, construction, affordability, community need, supportive services, and energy efficiency in affordable housing developments throughout New York State.

Located in a residential area close to downtown Oswego, the newly constructed four-story building includes a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. All apartments are affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income. Forty of the apartments are dedicated to households experiencing homelessness, including seniors and individuals living with mental illness. The community takes its name from a neighboring portion of the Oswego Canal.

The building was designed to meet the standards of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's Low-rise New Construction - Housing program. Sustainable features include Energy Star or equivalent heating and cooling equipment, appliances, and light fixtures; water-conserving plumbing fixtures; and low- or no-VOC paints, primers, adhesives, and sealants.

Finance for the project included NYC Homes and Community Renewal, Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, NYSERDA, Office of Mental Health, Community Preservation Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, and Federal Home Loan Bank.

“SWBR is proud to be a part of the Lock 7 Apartments project, which brings much-needed new affordable and supportive housing to the City of Oswego,” says SWBR Principal Joe Gibbons, AIA. “We continue to be inspired by DePaul’s commitment to create a positive impact in the local communities that they serve.”

The annual NYSAFAH awards will be presented November 1 in New York City.


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