Project will build five energy-efficient apartments in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Energy efficient apartments are coming to a Queen City neighborhood thanks to the latest project from PUSH Buffalo.

The project, which is known as Massachusetts Avenue Sustainable Homes (MASH), will create five energy-efficient apartments. Crews broke ground Friday morning.

Two vacant buildings and one new building are part of the plans along the Massachusetts Avenue corridor. The goal is to revitalize certain areas and create affordable housing at the same time.

Organizers say a lot of planning goes into picking the locations for these types of projects around the city.

PUSH Buffalo Community Organizing Director Jennifer Mecozzi-Rivera said, “Right now what we have is a community development committee adopted by the board. And it originally started a few years back. Neighbors who we meet with our monthly meetings will step up as folks who really care about their community, have pointed out eyesores or dangerous properties. Or issues they’ve identified are a health hazard.”

Part of the agreement with PUSH Buffalo is that local people are hired to handle these projects. So far three neighborhood based sub-contractors have been hired on for this particular project.

Officials say that building and renovating the structures make these communities more stable for years to come.

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