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BMHA's Frederick Douglass apartments getting makeover

A Jefferson Avenue public housing complex is getting a $15 million makeover.

Work at the Frederick Douglass apartments, at Jefferson and Clinton streets, will begin in early 2018 and be completed by the end of the year, said Modesto Candelario, assistant executive director at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

A total of 87 apartments in 19 buildings will get new kitchens, bathrooms, floors and windows, Candelario said. New roofs and heating systems are also planned.

Residents will remain in the complex while renovation is occurring, but will be moved from their apartments into others at Frederick Douglass, as work proceeds, Candelario said.

Funding includes $5 million in federal tax credits, a $1 million grant from the New York State Public Housing Preservation Fund, and $3.2 million backed by SONYMA, the state mortgage agency.

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