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The ground-breaking ceremony for six new homes to be built by the Apex Development Corporation took place yesterday at the corner of Hopkins and Ladner Streets in the Republic Steel area of the city.

Mayor James D. Griffin announced that affordable housing is another step in the redevelopment plans for the vacant land around Republic Steel.

Apex joins the growing number of new single-family home builders and will begin construction of homes on Ladner, Hopkins and West Woodside Streets.

The two-bedroom homes feature a great room across the front of the house, an eat-in kitchen and a nursery or den. The main bath is centrally located to accommodate the two bedrooms.

The mayor noted that the project will further assist in the redevelopment of a reborn neighborhood that is adjacent to industrial-use property which has become deteriorated over the years.

The city, through the approval of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, has recently completed a $1.5 million development in this area on Boone, Baraga and O'Connor Streets.

Community Development Block Grant funds totaling $150,000 has been identified by South District Council-member Brian Higgins and approved by the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency to be used for purchase subsidies and site development money for the project.

The project will be directed by Joseph V. Schollard, commissioner of the Department of Inspections and Community Revitalization.

Mayor Griffin added that the city is now looking at redevelopment plans for the former Republic Steel plant itself and has applied for a recycling license for renovating an existing facility on Hopkins.

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