Tuesday March 7, 2017

Morgan Communities to Open Luxury Rental Apartments in B’ville

Rochester-based company expanding in Central New York
By Matthew Liptak

    Karen Witter

    This month, the first residents of the 442-unit The Landings at Meadowood off Downer Street in Baldwinsville are moving in. Though construction of the 17-building luxury apartment complex is not expected to be complete until 2019, three of the buildings will be fit for their new residents in March.Morgan Communities is a Rochester-based business that is growing both regionally and nationally.

    “It's a huge, fast-growing company,” said Karen Witter, the property manager of The Landings. “They're big. They're progressive. There's a lot going on.”


    In 2014, Morgan Communities finished Rivers Pointe Apartments off Route 31 in Clay. Like that construction, rental of The Landings was well under way before the opening.


    The company also just finished 96 town homes in Camillus, known as Township Five, in the Costco area. It has also started the construction of town homes in Clay, behind Rivers Pointe.


    Nationwide, Morgan Communities has 162 communities, or about 32,000 units, Witter said. Thirteen of those are in the Syracuse area, but not all are new construction.


    “All the new communities we've built — the new construction — has done really, really well. I think we have a total of 13 communities in Syracuse right now. You've got a range of everything so there's something for everybody.”


    High-end luxury apartments have been popular with the company. The Landings in Baldwinsville offers residents one to three-bedroom apartments that range in monthly rent from $1,000 to $1,600. The three-bedrooms come with a garage.


    “[There are] luxury finishes like quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, farm sinks,” Witter said. “We'll have the hard-laminate wood look and a lot of modern contemporary finishes, a swimming pool, a gorgeous community center that has a library that has Wi-Fi access for residents, a pub room with billiards, fireplace, bar area, party room for residents to rent, a gorgeous 24-hour fitness center large and spacious and well equipped.”


    Though the property manager couldn't give specific figures, she said Morgan Communities has invested many millions in its new Central New York construction. She said the area has become attractive to developers in recent years.


    “I think Onondaga County is attractive to everybody,” she said. “There are a lot of reasons to be here. It's just a great location. There's a need.”


    Witter said there may be a diverse demographic that chooses to live at The Landings. The apartments' location offers the familiarity of village life, but is centrally located off route 690, offering easy access to both Syracuse and Oswego County.


    “You've got people who want to be close to their families — grandmas and grandpas,” she said. “You've got the college kids that are coming out of school that are looking at their first jobs. You've got Syracuse University grad students. You get a wide range.”


    She said the village for it's help in allowing the construction process to move forward and also DGA Builders, the Rochester firm doing the construction.


    Once more of the construction is completed the property will have a model apartment available to look at for those interested. She also said a 360 degree virtual tour will be available online. Witter sees a lot of reasons why “The Landings at Meadowood” will be an attractive housing option for years to come.
    “It's a great location,” she said. “It's a great product. There's a need for it in our community. Baldwinsville has nothing like this, so there's a lot of positives.”