A wing of the historic former Catholic school Villa Maria Academy has been given the financial green light for conversion into 67 affordable apartments for seniors (55+). A low-income housing tax credit of $ 15.2 million makes the project possible. The project, known as Angela’s House, is the result of the investments and efforts of Housing loan investments for businesses (EHCI), CB-Emmanuel Realty LLC (CBE), and Delta Development (Delta). M&T Bank is the Crédit Logement investor.
Additional funding for Angela’s House includes:
- Evans Bank $ 12.1 Million Construction Loan
- $ 3.6 million in loan funding from the New York State Housing and Homelessness Program
- $ 3.4 million in loan funding from the NY State Homes and Community Renewal Supportive Housing Opportunity Program
- The project will also benefit from HOME funds from the city of Cheektowaga and an energy efficiency grant from NYSERDA.
Once opened, the housing complex, located at 600 Doat Street, will be accessible to seniors earning less than 60% of the region’s median income. The CBE and Delta developers will be the property managers, who will oversee the complex, as well as a full-time, subsidized social worker and other staff. The Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) is responsible for the aforementioned grant, while Buffalo Catholic Charities (CCB) will provide referrals for resident services including physical and behavioral health services, money management education, independent living skills training, and transportation. CCB will also provide referrals for a number of homeless seniors who will live in 21 of the units that were allocated as “supportive housing” in the six-story building.
“The senior population of Erie County has grown by 26% over the past 10 years and, as rents increase in the area, it is essential to create affordable housing that allows long-term residents to age in. them, ”said Scott Hoekman, President Housing loan investments for businesses. “The flexibility of Housing Credit has been the key to making Maison d’Angela a reality. We look forward to the impact this will have on this community in the long term, and we greatly appreciate M&T Bank’s investment in housing loans for this development.
“CB-Emmanuel is delighted to partner with Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, M&T Bank, Evans Bank, City of Cheektowaga and our partners at Delta Development and Catholic Charities to provide much needed senior housing to the city. of Cheektowaga, ”said Margarita Pajaro, Vice President of Development for CB-Emmanuel Realty. “We would also like to thank the Féliciennes Sisters of North America for entrusting our organization with the realization of our common vision, thus honoring the legacy of Sister Mary Angela Truszkowska whose name the project bears.
The property will be renovated to meet Enterprise Green Communities and NYSERDA Multifamily New Construction Program Tier 2 standards for sustainable and energy efficient construction.
Depending on the floor and the room, facilities for the elderly will include accessibility for people with reduced mobility, as well as for hearing and visual impairments. There will be a mix of amenities such as grab bars, short-span shelves and cabinets, lever door handles, under-cabinet lighting, and zero-transition showers. The second floor will feature a lobby and a large community room (with a kitchen and office and meeting space for management and resident support). The second to sixth floors will each have a laundry room. New on-site parking is also incorporated into the construction of the complex.
The project is part of the Villa Maria Motherhouse complex, which was originally built in 1927 on the campus of Villa Maria College. In total, the complex has three important wings, two of which house the motherhouse of the Féliciennes Sisters of Saint-François and a chapel.
The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
“Affordable housing is integral to vibrant communities,” said Jim Lonergan, interim executive director of Delta Development. “This project is a great example of how the combined efforts of the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (UNHCR) and national, regional and local partners can come together to have a meaningful impact on our communities. Closed in 2006, the former Villa Maria Academy will find new life and a new purpose by providing quality, affordable and accessible housing to seniors across the region. We are grateful to the Féliciennes Sisters of North America for giving us the opportunity to carry on their heritage and tradition in one of their buildings, which for many generations has given so much to the community it served. Delta Development is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such great partners as Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, M&T Bank, Evans Bank, City of Cheektowaga, our code developer CB-Emmanuel and Catholic Charities to provide housing for people. old people essential to the city of Cheektowaga.
Ultimately, this project will also benefit from the proximity of a Living Independently for Elders (“LIFE”) center used to run the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) in Cheektowaga (not far from Bailey Avenue). The center (see below) is located next to the complex and has been set up to provide medical and support services (including at home) to those hoping to ‘grow old in place’.
The property was designed by Trautman Associates. RP Oak Hill Building Company, Inc. will be the general contractor.
Angela’s house is expected to be completed by June 2022.