CHEEKTOWAGA – A $19 million project to transform the former Manor Oak nursing home on Harlem Road is picking up steam.
The Town of Cheektowaga will be applying for a $1 million RESTORE NY grant offered through the Empire State Development Corporation.
“That will include select demolition, remediation, and rehabilitation of the currently vacant property at 3600 Harlem Road,” said Sue Barnes of Grantmakers Advantage.
Dr. Hormoz Mansouri, a Tonawanda businessman is spearheading the $19 million project which will provide 76 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments.
“Included in the structure, there are community rooms and also offices for use by stakeholders and also by the social workers to come and help the folks,” said Dr. Mansouri.
The town council approved a rezoning request by Dr. Mansouri’s company, EI Team, Inc. back in December of 2015 and recently approved the company’s development plans.
Councilmember Alice Magierski asked Dr. Mansouri if the project would move forward if the $1 million dollar grant did not come through.
“On December 5th of this year we are filling for the New York State low-income housing tax credit and this would be the second time we have gone after it,” said Dr. Mansouri. “Right now the project is not relying on this particular grant.”
“This will rebuild the north end of town,” said Councilmember James Rogowski. “Economic development will broaden in that northern end of town because I know of another developer that’s looking also to invest in that north end of town.”
“That’s a walkable community,” said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. “We have looked at other grants for that corridor and one of them was for funding for the roundabouts and lighting, but in order for us to move forward, we want that property developed so the seniors don’t need to cars, they can walk to everything, and once that’s in place I know that the restaurants, and the hairstyle shops, and boutiques will follow.”
New York State allocated $80 million to the program this year for municipalities hoping to revitalize aging and vacant properties and infrastructures.