$7.2 Million Rehabilitation Preserves Affordable Apartments for 127 Seniors
Convenient Location and Access to Services Help Baptist Manor Residents Live Independently in the City of Buffalo
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the newly-rehabilitated Baptist Manor Apartments on historic Linwood Avenue in the heart of the City of Buffalo. Baptist Manor is a 127-unit faith-based affordable Mitchell Lama development for people 62 and over. New York State Homes and Community Renewal invested $6.9 million in the $7.2 million renovation to the 40-year old complex that was originally built in 1976 and in need of modernization.
"All New Yorkers deserve a safe, affordable place to call home and by investing in the redevelopment of Baptist Manor Apartments, we are making this a reality for more seniors in Western New York," Governor Cuomo said. "These newly renovated apartments will allow seniors in Buffalo to have a roof over their heads and the services they need to live independently and with dignity in the community."
The state's investment in Baptist Manor Apartments include $6.3 million from the Mitchell-Lama Loan Program, which provides financing incentives for capital repairs designed to preserve and extend the affordability of Mitchell-Lamas, plus $600,000 in monthly HUD Interest Reduction Program funds. Both programs are administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal. These investments build on the Governor's commitment to preserve the state's 74,000 units of Mitchell-Lama housing, which provide valuable rental and homeownership resource for thousands of New York State residents.
RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, "Baptist Manor Apartments fills a need for quality housing for 127 Buffalo seniors and is close to hospitals, convenience stores and public transportation, making it an ideal location. It's important we invest in maintaining New York's Mitchell-Lama housing stock like Baptist Manor, keeping these 74,000 apartments and co-ops across the state quality, safe places for New Yorkers to call home."
Improvements to the 15-story Baptist Manor Apartments include the installation of a generator, elevator upgrade to ADA standards, ADA washers, dryers, and door openers, security cameras, and more. Individual apartments now offer ADA compliant latch & key opening for apartment entrance doors, new electric panel and nurse call system, new flooring, modern kitchens and bathrooms, Energy Star lighting and appliances, and more.
Residents will have access to common laundry rooms, a community room for recreation and another for congregate meals and social functions, a garden space, small fish pond with waterfall and numerous other landscaped features.
Baptist Manor serves as a nutrition site for Erie County and residents have access to a nutritious lunch on weekdays in the community room. A full-time Resident Advisor is on staff to help residents access the services they need as they age in an independent setting. Numerous activities are scheduled throughout the week to promote physical fitness and socialization. Baptist Manor Apartments is a partnership between HCR, 3D Development Group, LLC., and Baptist Manor, a non-profit organization established 40 years ago from land owned by the Delaware Avenue Baptist Church, and committed to providing affordable housing to low and moderate-income seniors.
State Senator Chris Jacobs said, "I am very pleased that a significant investment from New York State Homes and Community Renewal has enabled Baptist Manor to undertake these much needed improvements. State support of this project now ensures that many seniors in our city will enjoy a greater quality of life by being able to live safely and independently in a setting they will be proud to call home."
Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes said, "Congratulations to Baptist Manor on completing it's $7.2 million in upgrades to 127 units. This investment modernizes its facilities, maintains the ability to provide accessible nutrition programming and also allows seniors to age in place. While Buffalo continues this housing boom, and baby boomers continue to mature, we must never forget that our seniors deserve new affordable and safe housing too. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo and HCR leadership for making this possible."
Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown, said, "Congratulations to 3D Development Group, and the Board and Executive Staff of Baptist Manor, on completion of this $7.2 million project, which has created an attractive, ADA accessible and affordable living space for low and moderate-income Buffalo seniors. And 'Thank you' to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Homes and Community Renewal for the $6.9 million the state contributed to this public-private project! Your assistance made this project possible."
Bruce Levine, President of 3D Development Group, LLC. said, "The redevelopment of Baptist Manor ensures that the people who supported the great city of Buffalo, who worked here and raised families, who made the decision to retire here, have the opportunity to live in an apartment that is affordable and in the beautiful Linwood Avenue neighborhood."
Martha Prinzbac, Executive Director of Baptist Manor said, "The tenants and staff of Baptist Manor take great pride in this building. With the help of Governor Cuomo and New York State, we were able to modernize and improve the quality of life for 127 senior citizen households."