Shoreline Apartment residents see glimmer of hope, but questions remain

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There is a glimmer of hope for families who live in the Shoreline Apartments. This is a low-income housing complex downtown. Residents were told they had to move out by November. But now, local leaders say they want to make sure no one is kicked to the curb. But, some residents still have concerns.

Michael Morehouse, a Shoreline Apartment resident, said, “So we kind of won a little bit of a battle here.”

Shoreline apartment residents were relieved to learn Tuesday night that they have a little more time, after being notified that Norstar plans to demolish their apartments but the deadline to move out has been pushed back.

“The common council came through for the little guy, because now they have us where we will not get thrown out on November 1st.”, said Morehouse.

At the meeting, the council adopted a resolution saying it wants to stop residents from being quote “kicked to the curb”.

Buffalo City Councilmember David Francyzk, said, “We can bring this matter up anytime at the community development meeting, we are going to hold Norstar’s feet to the fir,e and make sure they do the right thing.”

The New York Department of Homes and Community Renewal was also at the meeting, and presented a plan to help the residents.

“We are going to require that the relocation plan be implemented by an independent party so that it will provide the greatest insurance that the tenants interest will be served.”, said Leonard Skrill, the Assistant Commissioner, Buffalo Regional Office, New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

If Norstar fails to cooperate, the homes and community renewal department says Norstar will not get financing from the state.

Some residents are happy they have more time, but they say they still don’t have any guarantee their homes won’t be demolished.

“That’s what they say, let’s hope that we can see that in writing, and that Norstar can put something in our doors that actually says that”, said Morehouse.

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