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Planning Board approves School 44 conversion

Another proposal to transform a vacant school into low-income and supportive housing got a green light from the Buffalo Planning Board Monday, clearing the way for the $26.8 million School 44 Apartments project to proceed.

Developers Stuart Alexander and Rhonda Ricks want to renovate the three-story former school at 1349 Broadway into 82 modern apartments.

Plans for the 51,000-square-foot building call for 55 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom and 11 three-bedroom units, with hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.

Ten units will be designated for homeless women with children, with case management support provided by the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center. Developers hope to put in a day care center and medical services.

Construction is not expected to begin until at least April 2019, with completion in late 2020 or early 2021.

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