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RENOVATED FIREHOUSE BECOMES HOUSING FOR ELDERLY

Former Engine House #30 on the city's Southside has been converted into six rental housing units for the elderly.

Ranging in size from 650 to 1,100 square feet of living space, the building contains two one-bedroom units for low-income elderly occupants and four 2-bedroom units for low to moderate elderly residents (62 years or older).

Two of the units are handicapped accessible and all units are equipped with limited mobility amenities.

The building also is equipped with a security system and has a private courtyard for the residents.

Mayor Griffin stated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony this past week that the quality of life in Buffalo will be maintained in the new decade by insuring that his administration will continue to protect and preserve the older homes and buildings as well as to plan for future new construction in every district of the city.

"Like many other American cities, Buffalo is undergoing a renaissance, but with a difference. There is an intensive property renovation and conversion under way, as well as new, single-family construction," the mayor continued.

In June 1987, the Neighborhood Housing Service of South Buffalo initiated the concept to turn the vacant building into elderly housing.

With the support and assistance of the city, the project concept was submitted and approved for funding under the New York State Housing Trust Fund Program.

The entire project was administered by the staff of the Department of Inspections and Community Revitalization, which is headed by Commissioner Joseph V. Schollard.

The building was originally designed by Howard L. Beck, architect for the city. Beck designed numerous police departments, fire stations and schools. It was erected in 1907 as Hook & Ladder #10 to accommodate horse-drawn fire equipment.

In 1923, the firehouse at 131 Southside Parkway became Engine #30; in 1984 the engine house was decommissioned. Various historic characteristics of the building remain including the original windows, ceiling height and ceramic tiles.

Tenant selection will be held by lottery. Rents will range from $190 to $335.

For more information call N.H.S. of South Buffalo at 823-3630.

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