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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2012 Archives > November 2012 > Mayor Brown Announces Start Of Construction At Riverside Apartments

Mayor Brown Announces Start Of Construction At Riverside Apartments

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City allocated $1.5 million in city HOME funds, leveraging the additional funding needed to enable this $20 million affordable housing project, which will target Veterans, to move forward

Buffalo – Riverside residents are about to see a major transformation in their historic neighborhood. Wearing hard hats and armed with shovels, Mayor Byron Brown, North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek, Vice President of DePaul Key Housing Gillian Conde, Leonard Skrill of New York State Housing and Community Renewal and community leaders today attended a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction at Riverside Apartments, a new affordable housing complex in Buffalo.  Once finished, the $20 million renovation of former Buffalo Public School 60, located at 238 Ontario Street, will offer 68 affordable apartments, with a focus on Veterans.

“This $20 million renovation will not only provide much needed housing for Riverside residents, but will also create many good construction jobs for our community,” said Mayor Brown.  “We worked closely with residents in the neighborhood to secure $1.5 million in city HOME funds, enabling this important affordable housing project, located in the heart of a vibrant residential neighborhood, to leverage the additional funding needed to move forward.”

Once a center-point of the neighborhood, this former city school building closed and sat vacant for many years.  Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning worked closely with the Black Rock community to secure the $1.5 million in city HOME funds that leveraged the additional funding needed to transform this long vacant site into affordable housing.  DePaul Key Housing, the developer, purchased the property from the city for $180,000. 

Councilmember Golombek stated, “It is projects such as these that speak to the continued viability and future resurgence of our neighborhood.  My hope is that a project such as this will act as a catalyst for future developments.  My thanks to Mayor Brown and DePaul for this significant investment in Riverside and its residents.  Thanks also to the Black Rock Riverside Good Neighbor Planning Alliance and Rediscover Riverside for their tireless efforts on behalf of our community.”
“School 60 has been an important part of the Riverside Community for over 100 years. We are so pleased that through our hard work we could make others see this beautiful building as an ongoing community asset,” said Mary Ann Kendron, Riverside Good Neighbor Planning Alliance. “We could not be more pleased that this building will once again house individuals from our community in a new progressive way.   We wish to thank Mayor Brown, Councilman Golombek, the City, State and Federal Government for their support.  We have learned that it takes strong partnerships to build strong communities.   Thank you to all those members of Rediscover Riverside who believed this was possible when everyone else did not.  This is just the start of many new projects in this wonderful community.”

Also today, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) announced that Riverside Apartments will move forward with the first stages of the $3.25 million award it received from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council. 
“DePaul is very excited to see the Black Rock community strengthen from investment into housing by New York State Housing and Community Renewal, the Regional Economic Council as well as Buffalo Mayor Brown,” said Gillian Conde, Vice President of DePaul Key Housing.  “Community renewal begins in our neighborhoods, the transformation of former PS #60 into affordable housing brings needed housing along with jobs and economic development into a neighborhood that has a committed and active community. Bringing this beautiful building back to life in this community is an excellent example of reinvestment and commitment to city of Buffalo and New Yorkers everywhere.”

DePaul plans to renovate the building into 68 affordable Apartment Units.  All units will be equipped with sustainable features including Energy Star-rated appliances and lighting, water-conserving fixtures and green label certified flooring. The housing development project will create 357 construction jobs and 40 permanent jobs.  Completion of the $20 million dollar project is slated for January 2014.