Developers, state officials celebrate three new affordable housing projects
Efforts will bring nearly 300 new apartments
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.”
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.