Planning Board Approves LoRusso Project on West Side

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From: The Buffalo News

“Plans for a new 39-unit microapartment building on the West Side got the regulatory go-ahead Monday, after a radical redesign by the architect aimed at soothing the concerns of a couple whose house will be surrounded by the new project.

The Buffalo Planning Board approved the proposal by Anthony LoRusso’s APL Property Group to construct a four-story building at 129 West Ave., with 550-square-foot one-bedroom apartments designed for moderate-income tenants. The building, whose units will all have Murphy beds to conserve space, also will have a full basement and about 1,000 square feet of first-floor community space.

The project is not subsidized, but the units are designed to be small to keep the market-rate rents low and affordable. The proposed apartments are designed as “workforce housing” for employees on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and other parts of nearby downtown Buffalo. The facility is also located just down the street from D’Youville College.”

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