Nine projects were awarded with moderate funding


Empire State Development (ESD) and Preservation Buffalo Niagara under the first round of grants provided by the East End Business Building Independence Foundation, part of Governor Andrew M. Nine laureates have been selected to receive funding for the construction of historic buildings at risk in East Buffalo.

The $ 5 million program, which is part of Governor Kuomo’s earlier announcement of $ 50 million, will help the Eastern Corridor Economic Development Fund to protect the fabric, density and character of the East Side – make sure neighboring buildings have a preventive stability. can be reserved for a potential mix – redevelopment, retail, commercial or residential. These rehabilitations will also help further increase the region’s commercial activity.

“Each of the nine projects selected to receive funding from the Eastern Commercial Independence Fund will provide the opportunity to rehabilitate buildings and rehabilitate communities,” said Empire State Development Commissioner and President and CEO Eric Gertler. “We congratulate the laureates for their work in preserving and renovating these historic structures, which in the future will help to both anchor and develop local businesses.”

The fund is increasing opportunities to reuse the resources of historic buildings located in East Said in Buffalo. It ensures that the history, beauty and sense of the region’s unique location is preserved through its architecture, landscapes and urban design, and brings back decades of experience destroying the building’s foundation. The grants will support sealing efforts, such as roof prevention and protection from moths and complex structural issues that will help return buildings for use and prevent future crisis-level failures, or even worse, the additional destruction of existing cities. The Fund guarantees that viable buildings, regardless of violations of the code or structural deficiencies, will not be demolished as a short-term “solution”; instead, these buildings will remain and are ready for reuse.

Brad Dossinger, co-chair of East Svenues Avenues and M&T Public Investment Bank, said, “By stabilizing and preserving historic buildings in the East
By Buffalo, the Commercial Building Supply Fund provides a unique sense of location and can serve as a foundation brick for sustainable and community economic development. Historical preservation is an essential element of any economic development strategy, and Buffalo is especially rich in history and beauty that can be preserved and celebrated. ”

The nine winners of the International Spring Foundation’s 2021 Independence Foundation, listed below, will carry out structural renovations to commercial property located in the East.

Broadway Theater at 512 Broadway Avenue
• The historically significant structure, formerly known as the Sattler Theater, belongs to West New York’s Media Minorities (WNYMMP), and despite its owner’s efforts, it is in danger of collapsing immediately. While WNYMMP has devoted all its efforts to raising funds, the advanced condition of the building’s obsolescence has made all these efforts more difficult. WNYMMP will receive $ 132,000 for the installation of a new roof in this building, which will have a major impact on their ability to implement this important project.

343-345 Broadway
• This property is owned by Broadway Development and Management Group, LLC, whose properties include a unique unjustified classification of the buildings of a new brick factory of the century. The buildings will receive $ 38,000 for repairs, wall work, and partial roof repairs. Once stabilized, the plan is to reopen new stores, use existing warehouse space, and work on long-term mixed-use development plans.

349 Broadway
• Sharing the same block with Broadway Avenue 343-345, Mrs. Ramona Griffin will receive $ 25,000 to repair the roof of the house and 349 Broadway Avenue, which will allow her to properly renovate this metallic building.

1362 Jefferson Avenue
• Lawrence and Jacqueline Stitz receive $ 1,362, $ 79,800 to replace the roof and floor of Jefferson Avenue. This stabilization work will allow property owners to transform this semi-detached Art Modern building into a culturally important avenue Jefferson.

1380 Jefferson Avenue
• Ms. Valeria Cray will receive $ 35,000 to repair the roof, timbers, walls, and sides of the building, the condition of the roof and the height of the back of the building threatening rapid destruction. Following the stabilization, Ms. Cray plans to re-offer this space to interested small businesses.

Genesis Street 339
• Mr. Glenn Belton will receive $ 50,000 to repair the roof and facade of this mixed-use commercial building, which still houses a large number of historic details, including body bricks, terra-cotta photographs and two-story copper windows. The work not only protects the building, but also allows him to carry out the development plan of the mixed use.

Genesis Street 696
• It c. The 1923 building received $ 40,000 to repair the roof, walls, and front wall windows of the building, ensuring that it could continue to perform its important public function. Its architectural features include carved bricks and a stone parapet.

Criteria Building at 625 William Street
• Originally built as the Savoy Theater in 1909, 625 William Street has belonged to the family of Mrs. Evelyn Merrivezer for the past 50 years. Ms. Merrivezer will receive $ 50,000 for the necessary structural work, including roof replacement and wall repairs, and will ensure that this community’s cornerstone continues for the next 50 years. Once the structural renovations are complete, the Merrweiter family plans to renovate the facility’s business space and add a residential component.

The Niagara Frontier Food Terminal Inc at 1500 Street Street
• The Niagara Frontier Food Terminal is a large and unique town of buildings built in 1931 as a railway terminal market. The 10 original buildings on an area of ​​60 hectares were each large enough to serve as an individual market. Although the structure is currently in a reasonable condition, the historic roofs are rapidly destroyed by the load-bearing cover, causing permanent structural damage. NFFT will receive $ 50,000 to repair the roofs of these buildings.

All awardees are required to maintain their assets in accordance with the Fund’s objectives for at least five years from the date of completion of the project.

The ESCBSF program is open to owners of commercial and mixed use facilities that were built more than 50 years ago and meet the additional standards of the program outlined in the program guide. Full program and application guides can be found Here. Requests for a second round of funding will be available soon. For more information, contact Bridge Rauch at (716) 852-3300 or

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