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Commodore Perry complex getting $4 million upgrade

Buffalo’s Commodore Perry public housing complex is getting a $4 million upgrade.

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Thursday awarded contracts for improvements to the six high-rise buildings as well as 10 row houses in the complex that remain occupied.

Outside the high-rise buildings, with their 329 apartments, parking lots and sidewalks will be repaired, William Quinn, the BMHA's associate architect, told the board.  Inside, common areas, including lobbies, foyers and hallways will be repaired and upgraded, he said.

At the 10 nearby row houses, which contain 84 apartments, railings will be repaired and concrete steps will be replaced.

There are also plans for a new playground off South Park Avenue.

In addition, plans cals for landscaping and lighting repairs serving the row houses as well as high-rise buildings, Quinn said.

The work is being done on only the occupied portion of Commodore Perry buildings.

Hundreds of vacant, shuttered units on the Perry site are excluded from the upgrades. The BMHA is hoping to find funds to demolish those buildings.


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