SILVER CREEK – The transformation of a long-standing village horror seems to be drawing closer.

State Senator George Borrello on Friday announced a $ 4.6 million grant for an affordable seniors housing project at the former Main Street High School. The award is presented by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the project is just one of 30 projects nationwide to win the grant. This is part of HUD section 202: Supportive Housing Program for Seniors. The initiative provides capital advances to private, non-profit sponsors to fund the development of housing for very low-income seniors.

The Silver Creek Senior Apartments project, led by Region 9 UAW Housing Corp., would transform the old school into a 47-apartment building for people 55 and over. All units in the complex would serve seniors with incomes equal to or less than 60% of the region’s median income. Fifteen apartments would be reserved for frail elderly people.

“From the start, I saw the potential to turn this old school into much-needed housing for seniors in our area, despite the deterioration that has occurred over the 40 years it has been vacant.” said Borrello. “Ideally located in a beautiful pedestrian community with nearby services, this project would meet a need that has not been met for decades and would allow many seniors to access supportive housing in their own community, close to their families and their friends.

U.S. Representative Tom Reed, R-Corning, said: “We are proud to have worked with Senator Borrello and local authorities to make this important grant a reality. We care about the residents of Silver Creek and are excited about this affordable senior housing opportunity.

“Region 9 UAW Housing Corporation is honored to have received HUD funding to provide quality affordable housing for seniors who will reside in the former Silver Creek School” said Dan Antonellis, president of Region 9 UAW Housing Corporation. “We are delighted to honor our former Vice Chairman of the Board, Tom Fricano, who grew up and raised his family in Silver Creek. Tom was an active member of the community who made it their mission to bring affordable housing to the western New York area. We look forward to honoring Tom’s wishes in the community.

Borrello noted that there were still other criteria to be met in order to complete the project.

“While the project still has some way to go before we have 100% certainty that it will move forward, this victory is an encouraging indication of the strength of the new region’s proposal and the need for it to move forward. community. “ he said. “My thanks go to Region Nine, Oxford Consulting Inc., East Ferry Partners and all the stakeholders we have worked with to make this happen. We are all invested in the vision and will continue to work to get things done in the next steps of the process. “

The developer of the project is Region Nine, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that develops affordable housing to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income seniors, people with disabilities and families. The organization also owns and operates affordable housing communities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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