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New 10-story project on Niagara to include affordable apartments

The Buffalo Planning Board Monday evening approved a $25 million project to construct a 10-story, mixed-use building on Niagara Street that includes affordable housing alongside market-rate apartments, streetfront retail space and parking.

Andrew Crossed's Park Grove Realty of Rochester is working with Buffalo's Roger Trettel to convert a blighted, vacant two-story structure at 990 Niagara into a new residential complex, with 95 one- and two-bedroom apartments overlooking the Niagara River.

Plans call for renovating the existing building into two floors of parking, while putting a 10-story tower on the northern half of the property, currently a parking lot.

About 15 percent of the units, or 14 apartments, would be affordable for those earning at or below 50 percent of the area median income, under an agreement Crossed signed with PUSH Buffalo.

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