BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Crews have officially broken ground on transforming an old warehouse on Cherry Street into a large housing facility for members of the LGBT community in need.
Dubbed the Evergreen Lofts, the conversion from warehouse to lofts is a project three years in the making. Once completed, the lofts will serve as a safe-haven for western New York’s homeless LGBT community members.
Situated at 125 Cherry Street, the warehouse will become a 56-unit housing facility, however it could have been demolished years ago. Leaders say the fact that the building wasn’t demolished, and instead is being transformed, is a sign of progress.
“Buffalo is not conservative when it comes to protecting the rights of the LGBT community and they are a leader in that, and we hope New York State will catch up to where Buffalo is,” New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan said.
Spearheading the progress is a $9 million grant by New York State, partly made possible due to the building’s age. Construction will begin immediately on the facility, but it’s not clear when the lofts will officially open.