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A.D. Price housing complex rehab widens Five buildings to be torn down

One of Buffalo's oldest public housing campuses is headed into a second round of redevelopment.

The Buffalo Planning Board today will hear a proposal to demolish five buildings at the A.D. Price complex at 390 Jefferson Ave. to make way for a new $15 million senior housing building.

"Our plan is to replace an old, decrepit, outdated facility with nice, new modern housing," said Linda Goodman, executive director of Norstar Development USA.

A preliminary timetable calls for the new, three-story senior complex to be under construction next summer with a fall 2010 completion date. The 95-unit structure will have 83 one-bedroom units and 12 two-bedrooms apartments reserved for low-income seniors.

The new senior apartment building will be constructed incorporating "green" building practices to increase energy efficiencies and reduce waste.

In addition to city approvals, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority project also is awaiting word on state and federal funding applications.

The first phase of the A.D. Price makeover, a public housing campus that dates back to the late 1930s, is focusing on the construction of 55 townhouses and duplexes designed for families. Construction is nearing completion on the first group of the new dwellings, with initial tenants scheduled to move in by the end of the year. Build-out of the $11 million scattered site residential development will continue into next spring.

A third phase of demolition and new construction of more family homes is expected in 2010.

In addition to Buffalo-based Norstar Development, other local firms involved in the BMHA project include Foit-Albert Architects, the project designer; and Savarino Cos., the construction company that is building Phase One.

Planning for reinvention of A.D. Price dates back to 2005. When complete, a total of nine original buildings, with 198 units, will be razed. In addition to modern housing, the redone public housing complex will feature a community center and park.


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