Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing the completion of a $22 million upgrade and modernization of the Colonial I Apartments in Rome.

Construction started in spring of 2018.

The project created 83 energy-efficient, affordable homes for elderly residents and those with physical disabilities.

"The comprehensive rehabilitation and modernization of Colonial I Apartments enhances the quality of life of its residents and provides them a safe place to call home," Governor Cuomo said. "These apartments are the perfect example of how affordable housing is key to moving the Mohawk Valley region forward while also strengthening the community in and around Rome."

Built in 1966 by the Rome Housing Authority, Colonial I Apartments became increasingly deteriorated over time and inefficient building systems resulted in escalating energy costs.

The apartments are located on St. Peter's Avenue in central Rome.