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Ceretto backs plan to transform vacant school into new housing for families and veterans

by jmaloni

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Wed, Dec 4th 2013 08:10 am

Assemblyman John Ceretto is backing a $26 million rehabilitation plan to transform the former South Junior High School into 62 housing units in the heart of Niagara Falls. Under the plan, the building will accommodate 52 income-producing residential units for local, working families.

"The project will also help to transform a blighted part of town into quality homes for working-class families, and will be equipped with a new playground and parking for residents," Ceretto said. "By transforming the abandoned school into affordable housing, we are improving the aesthetics of the area, while also helping to enhance the quality of life for local residents."

Approximately 79 percent of the units will be reserved for workforce households earning between 48 and 60 percent of the area median income.

Ceretto noted that, in addition to the residential units, the project will also create 10 veteran housing units to provide quality homes for the city's veterans, as well as create new space for commercial development.

"This truly is a comprehensive plan that will help to revitalize the area, provide quality housing for working families, help local veterans and promote new commercial development," Ceretto said. "I firmly believe that the project will have a positive and lasting impact on the city."

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