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Big Reveal: People Inc. Senior Housing Project

The second building planned for the former Gates Circle Hospital is at the starting gate. People Inc. is proposing a 39 unit, three-story low-income senior apartment building at the southeast corner of Linwood and Lafayette avenues. The site is within the Linwood Historic Preservation District. First stop in the review process is the Buffalo Preservation Board on October 13.


There will be 34 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom units and 39 parking spaces according to plans prepared by Long Associates Architects.

According to documents submitted to the Planning Board, “exterior finishes are respectful of adjacent buildings with finishes and details pulled directly from the immediate neighborhood context and buildings.” And continues, “a typical detached single-family home is the basis for our repetitive apartment module. We feel that this helps break up the façade, emphasizes verticality, and grounds the building within the existing fabric of the community.”



Building height and setbacks roughly match adjacent buildings. Gardens are proposed along both Linwood and Lafayette and there will be a courtyard at the rear of the building.



The façade will be primarily red modular brick with buff brick decorative banding at the building’s base. A brick soldier course header and precast concrete keystone will be located above windows on the brick portions of the building. Gables and bay window areas will be light maple colored fiber cement siding. A slate colored asphalt shingle roof is planned.



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