Construction underway on new affordable housing project in Buffalo

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of construction on Mount Aaron Village, a new affordable housing development on Genesee St. in Buffalo.

The complex will have 59 units, including 18 apartments that will be dedicated specifically for people who need supportive services to live independently.

“We have made an unprecedented commitment to address housing and homelessness across our state, including creating thousands of new affordable and supportive housing units for New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo stated.

The Mount Aaron Village development is part of Gov. Cuomo’s $20 billion, five-year affordable Housing Plan. This commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing makes housing more accessible and combats homelessness by building and preserving more than 100,000 units of affordable housing and 6,000 units of supportive housing.

The building will be constructed to meet the requirements of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Low-Rise New Construction Program and Enterprise Green Communities. Energy efficient features include Energy Star labeled appliances, heating and air conditioning systems and lighting.

When complete, Mount Aaron Village will have 59 apartments for families and seniors distributed among four buildings, the largest of which has 43 apartments and ground-floor commercial space for BestSelf Behavioral Health, the on-site supportive services provider. The remaining 16 apartments are in three townhouse-style buildings. There are 16 one-bedroom, 27 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom units.

There will be 18 apartments for homeless individuals who will receive services and supports through Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative administered by the NYS Office of Addition Services and Supports.

The developers are Community Hope Builders, CDC and CB-Emmanuel Realty.

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