Once completed, there will be a total of 10 buildings, each with eight apartments. There will be one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments available with all the one-bedroom apartments in one area (for privacy) and two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments in other areas.
Despite the upscale nature of Riverknoll, there are still the people who opposed the project initially. Durdel is sure those residents will have a change of heart if they haven't already.
"I have personally received complements from those who previously rejected projects," Durdel said about other communities with similar undertakings. "I'm looking forward to seeing the reaction of the handful of people that were initially concerned (about Riverknoll)."
"I would also like to make a public expression of my appreciation to the people on Woods Road," Durdel said. During construction of the road and apartments, BREC used Woods Road to access the property, which meant large construction vehicles traveling along the normally quiet, dead-end street. "We tried to be considerate -- They were accustomed to peace and quiet then all of a sudden we come along."
From 1978 to 1990, Durdel served as vice president of property management with Conifer Development Inc., a Rochester based developer that developed Conifer Village in Baldwinsville, where there is affordable housing for seniors.