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Corning City Council shoots down St. Vincent dePaul housing plan

Corning City Council voted against moving forward with plans to convert a historic building into an apartment complex at their Monday, February 7 meeting.

Property developer Housing Visions had plans to convert former St. Vincent dePaul Church into a 43-unit apartment complex for seniors and low-income families, according to WENY.

Prior to their decision, the city council held a public hearing on the proposed project. Some community members expressed disapproval at the hearing, while others said it was a great opportunity to provide affordable housing to working families.

Corning Mayor Bill Boland voted in favor or moving forward with construction.

“These working people deserve the opportunity to live in a dignified place. I have no reason to believe my new neighbors would be anything else but respectful of our neighborhood. In summary, I feel the developer is excellent, property values would not go down and my new neighbors would be as good as any,” said Boland.

Currently, no new plans have been proposed in light of the council’s decision.