After months of negotiations with state historic preservation officials and neighbors, the Salvation Army of Greater Buffalo Area Services is ready to proceed with remaking its 2.9-acre complex along Main Street – including demolition of four of its five buildings, one of which was deemed as part of a historic district.
“We’re trying to align the project better within the historic Allentown district,” said Phillips Lytle LLP attorney Lindsey Haubenreich, representing the project. “That’s why it’s taken several months to get here. The project has involved revisions.”
The Salvation Army plans to construct an emergency shelter with 80 beds and 164 units of affordable housing, bringing its campus up to par with the needs of the surrounding community. The 244 units include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Of those, 81 are permanently supportive units, with services provided for those with serious mental illness or substance abuse disorder, and for the chronically homeless.
Haubenreich wrote, “The best way to achieve its charitable goals and continue to serve the community would be a set of new structures at the site of the current campus.
The article “Salvation Army Gets State Clearance for Allentown Project” can be read in its entirety on the Buffalo News website.