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Perry Homes redevelopment project approved, demolition to begin in winter

Jul 31, 2023


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A massive $200 million project that would transform the long-vacant and abandoned Perry Homes was approved by Buffalo’s Planning Board on Monday.

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will look to demolish 24 abandoned buildings, which make up the Commodore Perry Homes. They’ve been a haven for vandalism and have been boarded up for years.

BMHA officials along with their development team want to put up 27 buildings of affordable housing, which would bring more than 400 residential units, retail and commercial space. Officials say the land there has already been remediated.

According to the BMHA, the unit mix would consist of 108 one-bedrooms, 110 two-bedrooms, 136-three bedrooms, 37 four-bedrooms and 14 five-bedrooms.

Monday marked the second time the BMHA had gone before the board on this project.

“We have not found any large scale or substantial contamination in the land, the demolition is obviously going to be contained, it’s going to be done with the utmost of care, but the land itself is not contaminated,” said Gillian Brown, the executive director of the BMHA.

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The new housing units would be made available to people who range in income. There had been a lot of talk over the years of a new Bills stadium being located on the land where the Perry projects are located, but of course, that’s not happening.

“This is a mammoth and really transformational project this is a multi-year, multi-phase revitalization of an entire community I assume there will be hiccups along the way, I assume there will be surprises, but we got great developer partners,” Brown said.

The BMHA hopes to start demolition this winter and construction would take three years. The estimated $200 million cost would be paid for with state, federal and BMHA money.