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Proposed home-school center gets A+ from Planning Board

A group of home-school parents on Buffalo's East Side won city approval Monday for a proposed new educational hub and neighborhood center.

The Planning Board gave the green light to plans by contractor, educator and parent Michael Gainer to build a 6,750-square-foot facility at 16 Southampton St., to serve as a base for the Queen City Home School Collective and the East Side Community ReSource and Education Center.

The group already has a frame building in storage, but needs to raise $100,000 for roofing, siding, concrete and other materials, and also has to finalize design plans by architect Kathy Kinan. Gainer said he hopes to start construction in the spring.

The Collective is a group of 35 families with 77 children, who wanted a place to bring their students together for classes and interaction during the weekdays, while opening up a space in the evenings and weekends for art, recreation and social gathering in the neighborhood.

More than 300 families in Buffalo home-school their children, not including those in the suburbs, said Kari Bradley, the group's founder.

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