$13 Million Project Would Provide Apartments for Low-income Seniors in Amherst

Aug. 11, 2018
This is the view from Amsterdam Avenue of the site, at Alberta Drive, where Belmont Housing Services wants to build 46 units of affordable housing for seniors in Amherst. (Google StreetView image)

An agency that helps people find affordable housing wants to construct a $13 million, 46-unit apartment building for seniors in Amherst.

Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York would construct a three-story building on a site at the corner of Alberta Drive and Amsterdam Avenue just south of Ashley HomeStore, according to a proposal filed with the town Planning Department.

“There’s definitely a strong demand and need for affordable senior housing in this area,” said Brad Packard, Belmont’s director of housing development.

The site is made up of five parcels and is vacant except for a former Eggertsville Hose Co. substation that closed about 20 years ago. Today it’s primarily used to store maintenance and other equipment.

Belmont would tear down the former substation and construct an L-shaped building with 38 one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments on its three floors, said Scott Marshall, an associate planner with the town.
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