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March 5, 2013

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Without the YWCA, the project wouldn’t have gotten crucial support from state housing-related agencies. 

Key Bank and Enterprise Community Investment Inc. raised the bulk of the cash that was needed for construction.

The City of Lockport helped Housing Visions acquire a couple of parcels in the development, and made the whole thing property tax-exempt for 20 years to help keep maintenance costs down. 

Christ Community Church played a significant role in LCH as well, Lockwood said, by hosting neighborhood meetings, opening its kitchen to feed construction contractors and, since the first apartments were let, preparing “welcome baskets” for every new tenant.

“This is an example of a collaboration that went right,” YWCA Executive Director Kathleen Granchelli said.

Housing Visions is open to a second housing project in Lockport, sometime in the future, Lockwood confirmed Thursday. The agency presently is working with the YWCA and the City of Niagara Falls on a possible development near Carolyn’s House, a Y-operated shelter for homeless women and children.

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