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The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority today approved a request to the federal government for $1.7 million to replace crumbling brick walls of an apartment building at the Commodore Perry Extension.

The walls are cracking and crumbling because of a defect in the original design that permits water to penetrate the walls and expand the brickwork during freezing weather. The authority last month transferred $7.7 million of funds earmarked for other work at the project to replace the walls at five of six high-rise apartment buildings.

The grant request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would cover the cost of repairing the sixth building. HUD earlier this year rejected a grant request for money to do all six buildings, but said it would consider awarding a smaller amount if the authority came up with the bulk of the funds.

The work is scheduled to begin be completed by the end of next year.

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