Mayor Brown Celebrates Opening of New Affordable Housing for Families

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM EDT

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Mayor Brown Celebrates Opening of New Affordable Housing for Families

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, Masten District Council member Demone Smith, Pastor Arthur Boyd of Second Chance Ministries, Avon White, Executive Director of Second Chance Community Development Corporation, David Pawlik of Builder-Creative Structures Solutions, and residents on Thursday marked the completion of a two building, six-unit townhouse project at 363 East Ferry Street with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and dedication.

According to a news release:

“New and affordable housing benefits the entire neighborhood,” said Mayor Brown.  “This is a solid example, again, of how partnerships can work together. There has been a lot of investment in the Jefferson-East Ferry neighborhood in recent years, and we want it to continue. Six new families will soon move into the Second Chance Townhouses, and we know they are looking forward to being part of this revitalized community.”

The City allocated $1.3 million in Federal HOME funds to transform a long vacant site into affordable housing for families.  The development features six newly constructed townhouse style rental units, including a handicap accessible unit, equipped with an elevator, and a unit designed specifically for the visually and hearing impaired.  The buildings were constructed by Builder-Creative Structures Solutions.

Second Chance Ministries purchased the vacant lot from the city last fall for $14,400, and spearheaded the development.  Second Chance’s headquarters is located adjacent to the townhouse site at 381 E. Ferry.

Pastor Boyd stated, “This project is a giant step to improving the overall health of our community, and the community is excited.”

The Townhouses are located next to the newly revitalized Charlie Perkins Park, which offers a number of supervised activities for young people, thanks to the generous support of neighboring businesses, public officials, police and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

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