Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning have announced next steps towards the demolition and rebuilding of the Perry “project” – into a modern affordable housing community.
Once demolished, the City will begin the process of creating a mix of townhomes and multi-story buildings, commercial space, and community space.
Pennrose, the firm selected to transform the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s circa 1939 Commodore Perry development into a modern affordable housing community, updated the Board of Commissioners on the project’s design on May 22.
“After more than a year of community engagement, we are excited to partner with the BMHA to transform the long-vacant, blighted Commodore Perry public housing complex into a vibrant, mixed-use community where residents with a variety of incomes will thrive,” said Pennrose Regional Vice President Dylan Salmons, who, along with Senior Developer William D’Avella, walked the Board of Commissioners through the planning process, which began in late 2020. “Our plans for the site include 1,000 brand new apartments with modern features, outdoor amenity space, commercial and retail space.”
Currently, the City is engaging residents – to take part in a series of community meetings – to gauge people’s response to the project. A resident ‘open house’ meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 8, 4:30pm to 6:30 pm, which will provide a better understanding of the project. There will be display stations, the standing development team, and community stakeholders onhand.
The city hopes to schedule the demolition of the complex soon after the funds are approved. The approval process could take up to early next year.
Residents will be able to input their own suggestions pertaining to the crucial development that will transform a significant former “project” into a valuable piece of property that will better benefit the community’s needs and aspirations. The open house will be held at BMHA Administration Offices at 300 Perry Street.
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