Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the start of construction on a $17 million affordable housing development that will offer 46 affordable homes for seniors in Buffalo.
Known as La Plaza de Virginia, the development will also include a community senior service center and café. The developer is Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo, a nonprofit organization that provides integrated social services to underserved communities in the Buffalo area.
Located at 254 Virginia St., La Plaza de Virginia will include 46 one-bedroom apartments for senior households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Fourteen apartments will be set aside for formerly homeless seniors who will receive supportive services to assist them in transitioning into congregate housing and achieving housing stability.
The building will feature a 4,000 sq. ft. communal courtyard, lounge, and laundry rooms on each floor, and a 5,500 sq. ft. community Senior Service Center. In addition, the project will allocate community facility space to provide primary health care services to tenants and local community residents, including offices for medical professionals and exam rooms with Telehealth capabilities. A small café on the first floor of the project will take up the balance of the commercial space to provide access to healthy food for residents and the public at large.