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GRANT TO UPGRADE ASSISTED-LIVING FACILITY

A $1 million grant from HUD will convert the remaining multifamily units in Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village to assisted living for the elderly.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that $1,096,772 would be awarded to the six-story building at 3735 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, to upgrade its first and second floors, with all the renovations designed to meet accessibility requirements.

"The Assisted Living Conversion Program will provide an affordable option to nursing home placement for elderly persons," said HUD Regional Director Marisel Morales in a news release.

"This grant will allow the elderly to age in place and not have to move from their familiar surroundings as they become older and need more supportive services."

The building, which has 150 apartments and 160 residents, received a $1.9 million HUD grant in 2002. It underwent a face lift that saw the renovation of 38 apartments, establishment of a wellness center and the upgrading of a large community room.

Assisted-living facilities are designed to accommodate the elderly and those with disabilities who can live independently but need help with daily activities.

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