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New Apartment Complex For Seniors
May 14, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen, New York State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy joined Pastor Dwayne Jones of Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church, clergy and community partners for a blessing and ground breaking ceremony for the Mt. Aaron Manor senior housing complex. When completed in 2016, the two story apartment building, located adjacent to Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church at 528 Genesee Street, will consist of ten single bedroom units.
“All city residents deserve a safe and affordable place to live, and as we build a city of opportunity to ensure everyone benefits from Buffalo’s rising prosperity, we’re focused on our continued commitment to further strengthen neighborhoods by developing housing for those who need it,” said Mayor Brown. “This is a great day for Pastor Jones, Mt. Aaron Baptist Church, the Pratt-Willert community and the City of Buffalo as we work together on this needed development that will benefit senior citizens.”
“Our Seniors are an integral component of our communities and we want to ensure that safe, affordable and accessible accommodations are available to them. I am pleased to be a part of an announcement that will bring such housing to the Pratt-Willert neighborhood,” said Darius G. Pridgen, Council President.
The project is fully funded by the City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency in the amount of $1,453,950. In addition to ten single bedroom units, each apartment will be equipped with a washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and off-street parking. The development will also provide residents with eco-friendly amenities:
Under the leadership of Pastor Dwayne Jones, the new development will be located adjacent to Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church. Since becoming pastor in 2006, Pastor Jones has helped turn the once-struggling church into a thriving beacon of hope for the entire community with an average attendance of almost 300 at his Sunday services. Today’s groundbreaking builds on his commitment to fulfill the neighborhood’s growing need for services to support senior citizens and youth.
“Senior citizens are a growing and invaluable demographic in this city and I strongly believe that they deserve to have access to a home that is safe, clean, affordable and of quality design in a community they know and love,” said Pastor Jones. “I hope that Mt. Aaron Manor will be such a place for the great people of the Pratt-Willert community. I am thrilled for construction to begin and am thankful for the full support and 100% commitment of capital financing for the project from Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. “
"Today is a win-win for residents in the Pratt-Willert community and the Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church," said Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes. “The new senior housing complex brings affordable and energy efficient housing to Genesee Street, a key corridor in the Queen City. The apartment boom is attracting young professionals; however we have to continue to address the needs of our seniors and aging baby boomers in Buffalo. The Pratt-Willert community is comprised of hard working residents working towards retirement; affordable housing can ease that transition to retirement. I applaud Mayor Brown for funding this project and his continued investment in affordable housing projects."
“With the groundbreaking of the Mt. Aaron Manor apartment complex, Buffalo’s East Side continues to see a much-welcomed revitalization,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “The construction of this $1.5 million complex is one more way in which Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church is meeting the needs of residents on the East Side, including providing an opportunity for seniors to have safe and stable housing so that they can continue to live in this strong neighborhood. I applaud Pastor Jones for his leadership and vision and for recognizing the importance of creating a place that Buffalo's seniors can truly call home.”
The Brown administration has made it a priority to invest in quality and affordable housing projects. Since 2006, the City has completed 1,314 emergency home repairs for houses occupied by senior citizens, disabled individuals, and low income residents by investing $21,462,234. In addition to strengthening the existing housing stock, the City has created over 1,200 new units of affordable housing by investing nearly $30 million of City HOME funds since 2006, which leveraged over $225,000,000 in affordable housing development to ensure that residents have an enhanced quality of life.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios