EAST GREENWICH, RI (WPRI) – Governor Dan McKee, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and other heads of state and organizations gathered Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new apartments on Brookside Terrace in East Greenwich.

The project, which is nearing completion, aimed to increase the availability of affordable housing.

“The housing issue is a priority for all of us,” McKee said. “Safe and affordable housing for the people of Rhode Island is essential to ensuring the prosperity of our state.”

The first phase of the project was completed in January and those rental units are currently occupied, officials said.

Brookside Terrace consists of 96 units in four garden-style buildings.

The property also has a clubhouse and playground.

“This is a great model for affordable housing development,” Reed said. “This project fills a real need for affordable housing in East Greenwich and all communities in Rhode Island.”

Officials said less than 5% of housing in the city was considered affordable before this project.

“Ensuring East Greenwich residents have access to safe, healthy and affordable housing options is important to our community and its residents,” said East Greenwich City Manager Andrew Nota.

Brookside Terrace covers 17 acres and is located along the South County Trail.