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Mt. Aaron Manor
MAYOR BROWN JOINS MT. AARON MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FOR GRAND OPENING OF NEW APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR SENIORS
June 29, 2016 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Council President Darius Pridgen, New York State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy, Pastor Dwayne Jones of Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church, clergy, business and community partners, cut the ribbon today, marking the official grand opening of the Mt. Aaron Manor senior housing complex. One year after construction began, the two story apartment building, located adjacent to Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church, consists of ten single bedroom units.
“The new Mt. Aaron Manor apartment complex is another example of the important development that is taking place in every section of our city,” said Mayor Byron Brown, noting that the $1.4 million project was funded by City of Buffalo HOME funds and grants sponsored by M&T Bank through The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. “I congratulate Reverend Dwayne Jones of Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church and the members of the congregation on this significant accomplishment and I’m pleased the city partnered with Mt. Aaron to build this important senior housing complex in our community.”
Pastor Jones stated, “A year and a half ago, Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church had a vision to begin reinvestment efforts in the Pratt Willert community through the development of safe and affordable housing for senior citizens. We are proud to be able to say that the vision has become a reality. The Mt. Aaron Manor Apartments are a model of quality housing for a most deserving population in this community and this is just of the beginning of great things to come for this neighborhood.”
The $1.4 million project was fully funded by City of Buffalo HOME funds and grants sponsored by M&T Bank through The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. In addition to ten single bedroom units, each apartment is equipped with a washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and off-street parking. The development also provides residents with eco-friendly amenities:
“Our partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is one way that we’re working to connect individuals in our community to the resources they need to invest in Buffalo neighborhoods,” said Brad Dossinger, Corporate Community Reinvestment Act Officer for M&T Bank. “It’s rewarding to see this new housing complex take shape and we applaud Reverend Dwayne Jones of Mt. Aaron Missionary and all of the community members, public and private, who came together to make this project a reality.”
Under the leadership of Pastor Dwayne Jones, the new development is located adjacent to Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church. Since becoming pastor in 2006, Pastor Jones has helped turn the once-struggling church into a thriving beacon of hope for the entire community with an average attendance of almost 300 at his Sunday services. Today’s grand opening celebration builds on his continued commitment to fulfill the neighborhood’s growing need for services to support senior citizens and youth.
Senator Timothy Kennedy stated, “Under the leadership of Pastor Jones, Mount Aaron Baptist Church has become an inspirational success story on Buffalo’s East Side. He has put in countless hours of work to grow his church and lift the entire community, and in doing so has turned around this once-struggling congregation. Mount Aaron has truly become a beacon of hope and a safe haven for our community to gather – and they’re just getting started, with additional support and opportunity on the horizon. I’ve proudly supported these expansion efforts, and look forward to all that lies ahead.”
"Today is a win-win for residents in the Pratt-Willert community and Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church,” said Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “Today’s ribbon-cutting is the culmination of hard work resulting in new affordable senior housing on Genesee Street. While the apartment boom is attracting young professionals, we must continue to address the existing needs of our seniors and aging baby boomers in Buffalo. I applaud Mayor Brown and Pastor Jones for undertaking and investing in this affordable senior housing project."
The Brown administration has made it a priority to invest in quality and affordable housing projects. Since 2006, the City has strategically committed $33.5 million for affordable housing projects, which has leveraged $265 million in total project costs, resulting in the creation of nearly 1,300 (1,289) new housing units for city residents. Since 2006, the City has completed 1,424 emergency home repairs for houses occupied by senior citizens, disabled individuals, and low income residents by investing $21,462,234.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios