Legislator Miller-Williams Proudly Champions Frederick Douglass Affordable Housing in Buffalo
Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller- Williams has again shown her support and advocacy for the continued revitalization of her community at the November 16th session of the Erie County Legislature. Legislator Miller-Williams passed a resolution empowering the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo to enter into an agreement with Frederick Douglass I 2017 LLC to revitalize affordable housing projects on Jefferson Ave. and Clinton St., based on a payment of over $23,000 for 15 years, escalating 3% each year.
The arrangement will allow Erie County to receive 25% of each annual payment and the City of Buffalo 75%. To facilitate Phase I of the redevelopments, the agreement’s relief will help keep the projects afloat and avoid an unforeseen financial crux. The use of “PILOT” agreements, an abbreviation for payments in lieu of taxes, have been beneficial in keeping projects funded in the past, and the Erie County Legislature’s sustained embracing of them are a positive approach in spurring and maintaining development in the region. “I am proud to have supported this PILOT agreement to continue spreading prosperity to every citizen of the City and ensure each section is a vibrant part of the greater whole.
The renovation of these existing units will revitalize its surrounding neighborhood and hopefully spur better things to come in the future for our great City,” stated Legislator Miller-Williams. First constructed in 1999, the existing project site is an 87-unit multi-family rental housing project that utilizes low-income housing tax credit equity and other affordable housing funding sources. Since opening for occupancy in 2001, the buildings have experienced wear and tear that most buildings face.
With the new PILOT agreement, Legislator Miller-Williams hopes to bring the buildings and others like it back to life to allow them to continue housing their many families and residents.