The former School 77, on Plymouth Avenue in Buffalo’s West Side is now a mixed-use building. The space includes 30 affordable housing units, and other spaces.
Inside the three-story building, there’s a gymnasium for community sports in the building, as well as an auditorium that a local theater company will use, and office space for community non-profits. The non-profits that will use the space are, Peace of the City and PUSH Buffalo. Peace of the City helps young people succeed, and PUSH Buffalo works to create strong communities with low-income housing. PUSH developed this property.
“It literally linked hundreds of people in this community who had ideas to re-develop this property in a way that would not only provide housing, but would provide improvement, hope and opportunity in this entire community,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. “And there was no doubt this was the best organization to re-develop School 77.
This redevelopment was apart of the governor’s Buffalo Billion initiative. It cost nearly $15 million to complete.
The housing is offered to people over the age of 55, with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median score. Right now there is a waiting list to get in.
The planning process for this building started in 2014.
There are also solar panels on the roof of the former school, that will provide discounted energy bills for residents, if they wish to go that route.