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Delayed plan for senior village on East Side approved – again

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday again approved the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers' Westminster Commons project on the East Side, after the project took so long to get started that the original approval expired.

The nonprofit consortium of human-services centers plans to construct a new apartment complex with supplementary services to support seniors and other low-income individuals.

The goal is to create a "village concept" that combines housing for seniors from the community who face some mental health or other challenges, alongside a treatment center that has a medical clinic, pharmacy, rehab services and adult day programs.

The $26 million project would reuse the Westminster Settlement House building at 419 Monroe St., while constructing a four-story apartment complex on Adams Street. The 78,000-square-foot facility would include 74 units, including six two-bedroom units and 68 one-bedroom apartments, for tenants whose incomes are 30 percent and 50 percent below the area median income.

The project was approved a year ago, but was delayed by financing, which will include historic tax credits, state low-income housing tax credits, HOME funds and other state dollars. Since then, the project has received $3.4 million in state Homeless Housing Assistance Program funds.

Officials hope to start construction by the second quarter of next year, with completion 14 months later.

Nonprofit to create Westminster Commons on East Side

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