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PUSH Buffalo bringing new housing to city neighborhood

photo courtesy of PUSH Buffalo

Buffalo's changing West Side is getting new housing. The 46 housing units will eventually cost more than $12 million when completed in late summer of next year.

That's rehabbing seven vacant historic buildings and building nine new builds, generally along Massachusetts Avenue.

They will be green and energy-efficient, handicapped accessible and aimed at moderate and low-income people.

An array of federal, state and  city officials broke ground for the project yesterday.

"We're really trying to get rid of all vacancy and blight on the West Side of the city. So, we're starting small in our 25-block ring development zone," said Britney McClain, director of marketing and communications for PUSH Buffalo.

"We can almost say there is going to be no vacancy in the 25 square blocks we are working in. So, we knew that we needed to take our projects to scale, to really make an impact."

This is much larger scale than PUSH Buffalo's last project which was ten-units. Because there is public money involved, there's a multi-lingual outreach for tenants for the new units in a multi-lingual community.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.