East Side veterans apartments getting $11M update

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A century-old apartment building on West Utica will be getting an $11 million rehabilitation, updating the building’s mechanical technology and making more units ready for the changing veteran population.

It was once the Stratford Arms Hotel, built in 1901 for the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo. It was closed and boarded up in the 1980s.

In 1996, the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition bought the shell and turned it into 41 1- and 2-bedroom affordable housing apartments for disadvantaged veterans, part of a series of buildings the agency owns near Utica and Main streets.

Coalition President and COO Celia O’Brien said the structure shows the effects of its years and the rehab will address basic issues like heating and the roof.

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