Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc. announced that construction is set to start for the new 60-unit affordable housing development called Oneonta Heights. The project will support a neighborhood transformation plan developed by Housing Visions in partnership with the City of Oneonta and Opportunities for Otsego. When completed, the $15.9 million project will consist of seven buildings — six new construction and one strategically located rehab. The buildings will be in three “clusters” throughout the target neighborhood. The first cluster includes the rehab, a long vacant property that has become an eyesore the city has wanted addressed for years. The second cluster will be at the intersection of Columbia and West streets, where four derelict buildings will be demolished and replaced by two 4-unit buildings and one 2-unit building. The third cluster is a 5+ acre undeveloped site along Silver Creek and will feature a 40-unit new construction senior building. This structure will be equipped with a community gathering area, computer lab, kitchen, laundry facilities and on-site property management office. In addition to the 40-unit senior building, two 4-unit buildings will be built on the site. Construction will take up to 18 months, with an estimated project opening in August 2017.