De­vel­op­ers, state of­fi­cials cel­e­brate three new af­ford­able hous­ing projects

Ef­forts will bring nearly 300 new apart­ments

The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - By Jonathan D. Epstein NEWS BUSI­NESS RE­PORTER

The push to bring more af­ford­able hous­ing to Buf­falo is start­ing to pay off. De­vel­op­ers and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers cel­e­brated three ma­jor af­ford­able hous­ing projects in Buf­falo and Cheek­towaga this week. The pri­vately led AP Lofts in Lark­inville for­mally opened Thurs­day, while non­profit of­fi­cials

marked ground­break­ings on the Elim Town­homes in Buf­falo and Ap­ple Blos­som Apart­ments in Cheek­towaga.

The three devel­op­ments in­clude more than $90 mil­lion in projects, largely sup­ported by state and fed­eral funds, aimed at meet­ing a need for more af­ford­able res­i­den­tial op­tions. The ven­tures will result in nearly 300 new apart­ments.

The three projects are part of New York’s $20 bil­lion, five-year hous­ing plan to build or pre­serve more than 100,000 af­ford­able homes and 6,000 units of sup­port­ive hous­ing, in­clud­ing mul­ti­fam­ily, sin­gle-fam­ily and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ef­forts. On Buf­falo’s East Side, the state has in­vested more than $112 mil­lion since 2011 for 1,217 af­ford­able apart­ments hous­ing more than 2,700 peo­ple.

“We have said that the peo­ple of this com­mu­nity de­serve to have beau­ti­ful, safe, se­cure, world-class hous­ing right in their neigh­bor­hood,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who at­tended both the AP Lofts and Elim events. “This is a smart place to in­vest your dol­lars, because this is just the be­gin­ning. We have waited a long time for this.”

Lofts

Photos by Derek Gee/Buf­falo News

The AP Lofts at Lark­inville, top, for­mally opened Thurs­day af­ter a $42 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion of the for­mer At­lantic & Pa­cific Tea Co. ware­house on Swan Street. Left, a re­cep­tion is held in the com­mu­nity room. Right, Sharon Murphy looks at the kitchen of a 2-bed­room unit.

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