April 18, 2011 – Webster, NY – CDS will be breaking ground on its newest project, CDS Monarch Senior Living, on the morning of April 20th. The event will take place at 10am at the site of the new building: 840 Holt Road in Webster, NY 14580.

CDS was awarded 8.5 million dollars of funding for this project from NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, the HUD 202 Program, Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, and the Monroe County HOME Program.

CDS Monarch Senior Living will offer 45 affordable apartments for seniors, 10 that are fully accessible, in a safe and comfortable environment.  Residents will also be offered opportunities for on-site socialization, entertainment and events.  The new facility will be have affordable rental costs, immediate access to transportation through CDS and direct access to North Ponds Park.

Residents will also have full access to the CDS Wolf Life Transitions Center which is less than a mile away.  The Wolf Life Transitions Center houses a therapeutic aquatics center, fitness center, restaurant, several recreation therapies and is home to the CDS Warrior SALUTE Program.

“The construction of the senior living facility further extends CDS’ mission to provide quality residential opportunities and diversifies the services we offer,” stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS President/CEO. “CDS Monarch Senior Living is an integrated setting where people with developmental disabilities can live side by side with non-disabled people.  We are very proud to be able to offer this opportunity to the residents of Webster and the surrounding towns.”

The project is made possible with the partnership of Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, Ltd., Cornerstone Housing Development Corporation, Lecesse Construction as general contractor, SWBR Architects as architect and Rochester Management Inc. as the management agent.  All of us at CDS express our gratitude to our partners for their role to make this project a reality. 

A number of community and statewide politicians and notable supporters will be in attendance the morning of April 20th including: Maggie Brooks (Monroe County Executive), Ronald W. Nesbitt (Webster Town Supervisor), Michael F. Nozzolio (New York State Senator), Joseph E. Robach (New York State Senator), Jean Lowe (President, Greater Rochester Housing Partnership), Tom Van Nortwick (Assistant Commissioner for Regional Affairs, NYS Homes & Community Renewal), Wayne A. Willard (Director, Project Management, U.S. Department of HUD), Roger W. Brandt, Jr. (President, Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, Ltd.), and Mark Peterson (CDS Board Chair and President & CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise).

For over 30 years, CDS has been a leader in offering both quality and choice of services to people. CDS provides residential, employment, and day-habilitation services, service coordination and transition services  to 1,500 people with developmental disabilities throughout Monroe and Wayne County.   Most recently, CDS started the Warrior SALUTE program helping Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder regain their lives with clinical and vocational rehabilitation services.