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Ascension Church project delayed by tax credits

The Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates hopes to start work by late spring of 2019 on its project at the former Church of the Ascension in Buffalo, once it gets through procedural hurdles to obtain a package of state tax credits to support the effort.

The arm of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York wants to transform the sandstone church at 67 North St. and 16 Linwood Ave. into 28 affordable senior apartments.

Plans call for putting eight units into the church basement and parish house, with the rest going into a 17,184-square-foot, four-story building to be constructed next to the church.

The $7 million project was approved by the Buffalo Planning Board in November.

A big part of the project's financing comes from state low-income housing tax credits, only made available by application once every year at year-end, said attorney Marc Romanowski.

Church officials didn't have time to get the application in last year, forcing them to wait until the end of this year and seek an extension from the Planning Board, he explained.

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