BATAVIA — The Liberty Square apartments, all 55 in number, were almost all taken by the time the ribbon was cut in a ceremony on Tuesday morning.

“From today, everything will be full. We have 100 people on the waiting list,” said Racil Pontillo, who manages the building. “We have quite a long waiting list.”

Representatives from Home Leasing, LLC, of ​​Rochester, which specializes in the development, construction and management of apartment communities, oversee Liberty Square, 554 E. Main St. The 55 apartments include 39 one-bedroom units and eight two-bedroom units, and eight studios. All utilities are included in the rent. The building includes a community room, laundry room, secure building access, on-site management, and is pet-friendly and non-smoking.

Home Leasing CEO Bret Garwood said Liberty Square provides quality housing for veterans. The program also has 27 apartments open to anyone who meets the income eligibility criteria.

“A key partner here was Eagle Star (Housing, Inc.),” Garwood said during a ribbon cutting Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the building, which has housed some residents since mid-December. “They’re going to be here working with us to make sure the project has a great home for veterans.”

Eagle Star Housing is a nonprofit organization that provides transitional and permanent housing for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, their families, and low-income individuals and families.

Eagle Star Executive Director Zach Fuller said Eagle Star was honored to be part of the team that developed Liberty Square and its community. He thanked all those in the state who contributed to the realization of the project.

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