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Ribbon Cut for a New Day Care on Jefferson Avenue

The Buffalo News

9/3/2008

The Jefferson Avenue business district has a new day care center that was built by religious leaders with help from Buffalo's main development agency.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today at Jefferson Avenue Head Start, a facility that will accommodate more than 140 children each day.

The building at 1424 Jefferson at Woodlawn Avenue is being called a state-of-the-art facility that will offer a variety early childhood programs and day care.

Bethel Community Development Corp. was the lead developer of a project that also involved a coalition of eight churches. The Jeremiah Partnership focuses on efforts that aim to revitalize the East Side.

The day care center project received a $300,000 loan from the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp. The city also made improvements to sidewalks and curbs in the neighborhood.

Mayor Byron W. Brown praised Jeremiah Partnership Chairman Richard A. Stenhouse, who also heads Bethel Community Development and was a former member of Buffalo's control board.



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