49 new townhomes planned for city's fruit belt

Dec 17, 2012

More new housing is going up near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. State and local elected officials and religious leaders officially broke ground Friday, December 14, 2012 for 49-new townhomes at the corner of Maple and Virginia Streets in Buffalo.

St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corporation consultant John Lewis said the $15-million faith-based initiative will also create jobs in the community.  

"This is a model that has the potential to transfer urban communities throughout the country," said Lewis.  "St. John's has been in this community for 85-years.  And that puts the church in a special position to have impact, socially, with people that live in this community."

The project includes 17-energy efficient buildings with two, three and four-bedroom townhomes. New York state is providing just over $2-millions in funding along with low income housing tax credits. And the City of Buffalo is providing just under $3-million in funding.