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HOUSING AUTHORITY SEEKS CITY SITES FOR UNITS

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is negotiating with the city to purchase 97 lots on the Lower West Side that the authority would use for scattered-site housing as part of the Lakeview Homes redevelopment project.

The authority is offering $397,000, which is less than the total assessed value of the individual properties, but has the attraction of a package deal, officials said Thursday.

Final agreement is subject to Common Council approval. But Joseph Ryan, city commissioner of strategic planning, called the proposal "a slam dunk" for the city because it would relieve it of maintenance responsibilities and encourage low- and moderate-income housing.

"That is the type of housing we want in that area and would complete the Lower Niagara Master Plan in a good way," he said.

The Housing Authority wants all buildings removed, but all four remaining structures are scheduled for demolition, Ryan said.

Scattered-site housing is one of the goals of the $105 million Lakeview project because "it integrates public housing into the community and helps stabilize and improve neighborhoods," said Lawrence D. Senear, the Housing Authority's director of capital improvements and development.

Some of the lots can be combined for immediate development, but others are too narrow but potentially could be developed if adjacent lots become available in the future, he said.

Twenty-eight of the lots are on Busti Avenue, 12 are on Trenton Avenue, nine each are on Seventh Street and West Avenue, and others are on Jersey, Efner, Hudson, Pennsylvania, Maryland and 10th streets and Whitney Place.

Thursday's Housing Authority meeting was the last for Stuart Alexander, whose five-year term as a commissioner will expire Oct. 19. He is moving to Florida. Mayor Anthony M. Masiello will fill the opening on the seven-member board, but no one has been designated, his office said.

The first Officer of the Quarter award, established by the Public Safety Department went to Sgt. Michael Mulderig for professionalism and anti-crime activities. Officers Ann Devaney and Adam O'Shei received the second award for the arrest of a robbery suspect. The third award went to Devaney and Officer Judy Long for four arrests and the seizure of three weapons and to Officers Daniel Granville and Brian Britzzalaro for a traffic stop that led to the arrest of a homicide suspect.

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