Brothers of Mercy will begin a $1.5 million renovation project at the apartment complex on its Clarence campus.
The project, set to begin this spring, is funded by a $1.49 million federal grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York awarded to the organization's nonprofit housing arm, Brothers of Mercy Housing Corp. Inc.
Plans call for interior and exterior upgrades at the 100-unit Brothers of Mercy Senior Apartments on the campus. The apartment complex, built in 1972, provide low- to medium-income housing for seniors. The grant comes through the federal Affordable Housing Program via Evans Bank, which is providing a construction loan.
Peter Eimer, Brothers of Mercy chief operating officer, said the renovations help the organization continue to expand residential options on the campus: The organization is also building up to 100 new apartments as part of a $14 million project.
"This grant will help us to continue to grow the residential piece of our full continuum of care on the Brothers of Mercy campus," he said. "Together with the new congregate apartments we are building, there will be more than 200 independent living residences on our senior center of excellence campus."
The 120-acre campus on Bergtold and Ransom roads includes Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a 240-bed skilled nursing facility; the 100-unit Brothers of Mercy Senior Apartments; and Brothers of Mercy Sacred Heart Home, a 70-bed independent assistive-living adult home for low-income seniors.
Plans are underway to develop a Geriatric Center of Excellence on the campus.
Pending receipt of the federal grant, work on the existing apartments could begin this spring.