Affordable Housing

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The City of Buffalo has demolished thousands of buildings, fearing they would stay vacant and deteriorated and contribute to blight. A local preservation exponent told a panel discussion Thursday that it hasn’t worked.

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An affordable housing project known as Mt. Aaron Village, when completed some time next year, will include dozens of apartments as well as units and on-site assistance for individuals struggling with homelessness.

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The remaining Shoreline Apartments have been an eyesore in downtown Buffalo the last few years, but the vacant complex will soon come down to make way for new housing. 

 

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The amount of affordable housing in Buffalo is continuing to creep upward. On Thursday, the city's Common Council revised its approval of a Planned Unit Development designation for the Elmwood Crossing project. The big change mandates that 20 percent of the several hundred rental apartments must be affordable.


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With work starting on a 201-unit affordable housing complex on Ellicott Street, Common Council President Pridgen says this isn't the time to ease the pressure for such housing.


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A major affordable housing complex at Elmwood Avenue and Utica Street in Buffalo received an extension of the PILOT agreement that keeps its property taxes low.

New York Attorney General's Office

New York Attorney General Letitia James made a stop Upstate to  announce a new program to support mission-based institutions to plan and develop affordable housing throughout New York.

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With yet another long-closed Buffalo Public School building slated to be sold for conversion to housing, neighbors aren't sure it's good for their East Side neighborhood, already dealing with parking issues and low water pressure.

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Major development continues to move out from downtown Buffalo, with the Wednesday groundbreaking for a $51 million mixed-use project on the remediated land of the old Buffalo Forge site on Broadway.

Ciminelli Real Estate

What was supposed to be a major luxury housing addition to downtown Buffalo, with a large Tops market and other amenities including underground parking, will now be 201 units of affordable housing and a fresh food market.

First Shiloh Baptist Church

One Buffalo pastor says the robust social services programs at his church may be a way to attract young people to his congregation, the notoriously unchurched millennials.

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While development plans and projects continue, City Hall is still talking about setting quotas for how many units in Buffalo projects involving public money should be affordable.

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As the Buffalo Common Council reconvened after summer break Tuesday, a coalition of community activists, organized labor and city residents took to the steps of City Hall to unveil their vision for a more equitable and inclusive Queen City.

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After years of fighting over more affordable housing, one local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments - but are they really?

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Buffalo's Fruit Belt has its master plan ready to deal with the avalanche effect of the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus next door, masses of vacant lots available for development and the desire of most residents to stay in the neighborhood.

Governor's Office

The $17.7 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport are now officially open.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

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As some of Buffalo's difficulties flow across the city line to the suburbs and some of the wealth from the suburbs flows into the city, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Poloncarz are trumpeting their cooperation on issues like poverty, affordable housing and lead poisoning.

BMHA

After years of effort, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has received $16 million from Washington for a complete overhaul of the 87 housing units at Frederick Douglass Towers. Many residents are worried they will be pushed out of the renovated units.

Realtor.com

Buffalo’s West Side is going through a change. With a surge of development taking place along the Niagara Street strip and the influx of higher-income residents, some longtime West Siders have been forced to find other places to live.

This report was written and produced by Khalid Terrell.

Local developers have been watching Washington carefully, as Republicans in the two houses put together their tax bill, with potentially devastating effects on local development.

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Plans for a major affordable housing project are going ahead after approval by the Buffalo Planning Board Monday. However, developers are watching Washington closely, where the new tax bill might cripple the financing.

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New York State is getting nearly $150 million in federal funding for affordable housing and economic development - and $13 million of that is coming to Buffalo.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo played host Wednesday to a conference on affordable housing at the Hotel Henry. During welcoming remarks, the mayor hinted of an upcoming plan to create such housing throughout his city.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The old statement in political campaigns is, 'Let's look at the record.' At Thursday night's Buffalo mayoral debate, Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown liked his record and challengers Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant did not.

Baptist Manor Apartments

A renovated affordable housing complex for seniors has opened in Buffalo.

PUSH begins work on new community hub

May 17, 2017
Chris Caya WBFO News

Some much needed affordable housing is on the way for seniors on Buffalo's West Side.

McCarley Gardens overhaul plan wins approval

Mar 2, 2017
Sinatra & Company Real Estate

Residents of McCarley Gardens can rest assured they'll be able to stay in their homes. They were threatened with demolition several years ago - under a proposed expansion of the adjacent Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But now the housing complex is slated for a major renovation. 


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The Common Council's Legislation Committee approved the latest version of the Green Code Tuesday and sent it for full Council approval on Tuesday. The matter moved through committee though several speakers raised concerns over a variety of issues.


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While it has been talked about for some time, city officials are now pushing hard for some mandatory affordable housing in new developments in the city.


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