Governor Hochul Announces Construction Begins on New $19 Million Affordable Housing Development on Buffalo's East Side

March 4, 2022

Olympic Avenue Apartments Will Transform Vacant Historic Public School 78 into 46 Affordable Homes and Community Space 

Environmentally Conscious Features Include Energy-Saving Heating and Cooling Systems and Green Roof; Free Building-Wide WiFi Will Bridge the Digital Divide 

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that substantial rehabilitation work has begun at Buffalo's former Public School 78 to transform the vacant building into 46 affordable apartments and space for community programs and services. The $19 million Olympic Avenue Apartments will be highly energy-efficient and will offer residents free WiFi and technical support as part of the State's efforts to close the digital divide. 

"We will continue to confront the housing crisis with projects like this that build high-quality affordable housing, improve the lives of residents, and strengthen neighborhoods," Governor Hochul said. "Our investments in the sustainable redevelopment of vacant and underutilized historic buildings across the state continue to compliment well-planned revitalization and growth in cities like Buffalo. All New Yorkers deserve to live in healthy, affordable, and vibrant communities, and we will continue to take bold action to tackle the housing crisis and make the Empire State a more affordable place for all."

Olympic Avenue Apartments is part of Governor Hochul's sweeping plans to make housing more affordable, equitable, and stable. This year, the State is poised to reach the goal under its current Housing Plan of creating and preserving 100,000 affordable homes and has already exceeded the goal of creating 6,000 units with support services. Governor Hochul is building on this successful effort with a proposal for a new $25 billion, five-year Housing Plan that will create and preserve an additional 100,000 affordable homes across New York including 10,000 with support services. 

Read the full press release here.