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Two senior housing projects clear Buffalo Zoning Board

Two multi-family residential projects on Virginia and Genesee streets received variances Wednesday from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing them to proceed despite being larger than what the Green Code allows.

The Zoning Board gave its assent to Hispanics United's proposal to build its new La Plaza senior housing community at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of affordable housing aimed particularly at frail or disabled senors. The ground floor would include some retail storefront space, while the full basement would offer tenant amenities and support space.

The Board also approved variances for Mt. Aaron Baptist Church's proposed Mt. Aaron Village affordable-housing community, which calls for a senior apartment building with 50 one-bedroom apartments and 16 two- and three-bedroom townhomes for families on 19 vacant parcels at 695 Genesee St.

Both will be considered Monday by the Planning Board.

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