True Bethel Announces New Project

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

True Bethel Baptist Church located at 907 East Ferry Street in Buffalo is part of an expansion project.

The property directly across the street from the church was once a toxic waste site now the location is home to an almost completed affordable housing development.

"The were multiple contaminants on this site that was left from industries when this area was an industrial area," said Darius Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church.

The development is being competed in conjunction with Belmont Housing.

The True Bethel Town Homes feature 40 two and three bedroom units for low to moderate income families that will also include a community center for residents and other community groups.

Construction began on the property in December of 2012. Although there is no official completion date, once the project is approved by HUD residents will be able to apply to move in.

"This is going to be open to the community. There are no priorities for church members or any other persons," explained Pridgen.

True Bethel's Community Development Corporation also purchased a vacant structure on the same side of the street of the church and will convert the old garages into a senior low rise complex.

This is part of the many development projects undertaken by True Bethel including the church and Subway Restaurant.

Further down the road the group intends to build a Dollar General store.