A $23 million project named “Apartments at the Lyceum” has broken ground in East Buffalo, New York. This is a housing project which will transform the St. John Kanty Lyceum building into a 42-unit affordable apartment. However, the development is just a small part of Governor Kathy Hochul‘s broader $50 million historic investment project.
Governor Hochul recently announced the renovation plans for the old school building as well as ten adjacent lots on the property. The governor said she was committed to providing more affordable housing like the Apartments at the Lyceum for the community. Hochul said the state also has plans of investing in a community service hub. That’s in addition, to building energy-efficient and modern homes.
Development plans for the Apartments at the Lyceum project
The location of the new Apartments at the Lyceum will be at 97 Swinburn Street in East Buffalo. The existing classrooms and offices of the former school building will be converted into 42 apartment units. But in addition, the project will also add 12 new apartments, which will be set aside for supportive services. The project also features five ADA-accessible apartment units, with two of these units adapted for auditory/visually impaired people.
Besides the apartment units, the Apartments at the Lyceum property will also feature several outdoor amenities. The ten surrounding adjacent parcels on the property will accommodate amenities such as parking, greenspace, a playground, and walking areas. Other shared amenities featured on the property include a community room, laundry room, storage, and free broadband internet service.
Community Services for Every1 will provide supportive services for Residents of the Apartments at the Lyceum. There will be on-site services on the property such as case management and financial counseling, workforce development, and referrals to health. Other additional services will include child care and public benefit services. Empire State Supportive Housing will provide funding for rental subsidies and services for residents seeking supportive services. While New York’s State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will be in charge of the administration.