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Senior Housing Going Up in Wheatfield

By Anthea Passmore

Wheatfield, NY – Construction of a new housing facility providing homes for seniors began in Wheatfield yesterday. The project is a partnership among Wheatfield town officials, the National Church Residence Organization and Calamar, a Niagara County-based property development firm.

The town of Wheatfield and the National Church Residence Organization have had a close relationship for almost 30 years. It began with the vision of the Wheatfield Towers in 1979. This was the first senior housing project in this town. President of Calamar reminisced about his late grandfather's contribution as a town supervisor to the development of this partnership. William Ross, chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, lent his support to continuing both family and business traditions in the town of Wheatfield.

"I'm so proud that Calamar has remained here in Niagara County. This is their base of operation. They believe in Niagara County. They believe in the Town of Wheatfield," Ross said. "They do make things happen."

State Assemblywoman Francine Delmonte says senior housing in Buffalo and surrounding townships remains an important socio-political issue. She said continued development of projects such as this one is vital to the region and residents can expect to see more.

"I'm seeing more and more suburban areas looking into patio-style homes for people who are empty-nesters or just want to sell their bigger homes," DelMonte said. "I'm seeing a lot more interest in these kinds of communities."

Housing developments such as this are another example of beneficial relationships developing between non-profit organizations and business sectors. Completion of the 77 unit senior housing facility is expect to occur within the next 12 months.