More than three decades after a devastating fire destroyed the third floor of a Massachusetts Avenue building, a partnership between two West Side nonprofits is bringing the building back to life – with a rebuilt third floor, affordable housing and a community hub aimed specifically at the area’s refugee population.
PUSH Buffalo and the WASH Project – with significant financial support from the state – are planning to spend $2.3 million to renovate the vacant building at 417 Massachusetts into nine two-bedroom apartments and an arts and cultural center.
Officials broke ground Thursday on the redevelopment, funded by New York State Homes and Community Renewal and other state sources.
Seven of the nine apartments are aimed at those earning less than 50 percent of the area median income, and will rent for $600. The other two are for those earning 60 percent to 80 percent of the area median income, and will rent for $900.
“Access to affordable, stable housing is a basic human right for all New Yorkers and through development projects like this one we are a step closer to reaching the goals of our comprehensive housing plan,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release. “This significant investment will deliver affordable homes and essential community services to Buffalo’s West Side, assisting those who need it most while helping the entire neighborhood grow and thrive.”