As the $10 million Academy Place moves ahead, the Healthy Community Alliance wishes to remind the community that contributions are still welcome and needed.
Tax credits are also available for contributions made to this important community project. The New York State tax credit benefit offers an additional 25 percent deduction in addition to the allowable federal tax credit for charitable contributions, something to consider when tax planning for the year.
"Although we are fortunate to have raised the funds necessary to complete Academy Place, construction costs have substantially increased and we want to make sure there is adequate funding for some energy-saving, 'green' initiatives, renovations to the gymnasium area, and other amenities in spaces we hope to use for community activities," explained HCA Executive Director Sharon Mathe.
Much progress is being made as various construction crews work in the building. Framework for the apartments is already going up on the upper floors. Gowanda village historian Phil Palen recently walked through the building and videotaped the interior as part of the project's historical record. He also took video prior to the beginning of construction.
Some 10 to 15 local jobs are being created during the construction phase in addition to the permanent jobs that will be created when the building is finished.
Academy Place Advisory Council co-chairs Mike Hutchinson and Rob Gaylord invite community residents to support this worthwhile project by making a contribution.
"Academy Place has been a community project from the beginning," said Hutchinson and Gaylord. "The fact that it is moving forward during such tough economic times and that HUD representatives called it the most complex project that ever went through the Western New York office speaks volumes about what can be accomplished when people work together and everyone helps out."
Checks should be made payable to the Healthy Community Alliance and mailed to 26 Jamestown Street, Gowanda, NY 14070.