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Infilling: Large East Side Affordable Housing Project Planned

An affordable housing developer is seeking to construct 66 new rental homes on vacant lots east of Jefferson Avenue and reuse a former church for housing. Beacon Community Services LLC is seeking to purchase 49 City-owned lots on Adams, Madison, Monroe, Peckham and Watson street needed for the $29 million project.  

Beacon is proposing “the historic adaptive reuse of a former church into affordable housing” according to a Common Council agenda item; the church is not named.  However, it appears to be the circa-1911 former Stephen’s Evangelical Church located at Adams and Peckham streets.  Emmanuel Temple SDA church had been using the church building and is planning a new church at Genesee and Fillmore Avenue.  The congregation is currently worshiping in the King Urban Life Center located at 938 Genesee Street.

Beacon is seeking to enter into a Designated Developer Agreement with the City for the purchase and development of residential vacant land located at 246, 256, 258, 260, 266 Adams; 223, 235, 237, 315, 317, 319, 321 Madison; 242, 244, 246, 247, 249, 250, 253, 287, 291, 293, 297, 301, 307, 311, 313, 317, 319, 321, 323 Monroe; 62, 66, 68, 100, 106, 108, 123 Peckham & 260, 264, 266, 270, 272, 277, 279, 281, 304, 308, 310 Watson. 

The sixty-six new two and three -family affordable rental homes would be a mix of studio apartments, and 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, and approximately 60 to 70 parking spaces.

Beacon Communities LLC is a privately owned real estate firm that develops, acquires, invests in, and manages a wide range of multi-family housing. The firm entered the local market by acquiring Norstar USA in December 2022. Their developments range from new construction, to historic adaptive reuse, to the renovation of existing housing.

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