Last week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined Mayor Tom Richards and joined in the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the renovation of the Carriage Factory Apartments. These are located on Litchfield Street in Rochester. The building, which was built in 1910 and has been vacant for the past 25 years, was once home to Cunningham Carriage Factory. Once renovations are complete, it will include 71 units of affordable rental housing to accommodate people with special needs through DePaul Community Services.
The former factory was home to James Cunningham & Sons Company, operating from 1896 to 1936 in Rochester, New York. Cunningham Automobile incorporated in 1882, and taken over after James’ death in 1886 by his son Joseph, the company made fine carriages and sleighs, and became a leading manufacturer of these vehicles before the turn of the century. Cunningham went on to manufacture automobiles, car bodies, chassis frames for other marques, and aircraft. Today, it is mainly remembered for high-quality luxury automobiles. However, the company stayed true to their roots in production of handcrafted automobiles rather then adapting to the Ford-type assembly line.
DePaul Community Services can be described as a not-for-profit agency founded in 1958 that is committed to providing quality residential, rehabilitation and support services to persons in recovery from mental illness, the elderly, and persons with addictions. Tens of thousands of people, from the very young to the very old, who have passed through the doors of DePaul’s many homes and programs over the past 50 plus years seeking help… the person with mental illness working toward recovery; the adult child who is concerned about their elderly parent living alone; the troubled problem gambler trying to break the cycle of addiction. All have sought assistance at DePaul and found opportunity, support and hope.
Rochester Senator Joe Robach in his remarks stated his pleasure to help with the funding from New York State as this important project will help bring people back to the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood will provide much needed affordable housing for those is our community with special needs.