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City Eyes Brownfield Purchase

The City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency has taken preliminary steps to acquire a significant brownfield site on the near East Side. Covering the full-block of Broadway, Sycamore, Spring and Mortimer streets, the property once housed Buffalo Forge Company. Current owner Howden Buffalo applied for and received permission to demolish the factory at 490 Broadway due to unsafe conditions and structural problems last year.
Besides the main factory site, Howden owns five adjacent parcels that had primarily been used for parking. The City has not announced what the future holds for the property but expect a mix of residential and commercial space.


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The Willert Park neighborhood has seen several hundred infill homes built since the early 1980’s. Belmont Shelter recently completed nineteen subsidized homes north of Sycamore Street on Davis, Camp and Kane streets.
Site work is underway at the Sycamore Village subdivision adjacent to the Forge properties. The subdivision at the corner of Sycamore and Jefferson will feature 25 single-family homes, many with alley-loaded garages. The homes, to be sold at market-rate and constructed by multiple builders, are going on land that required environmental remediation.
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Written by Bill Zimmermann

Bill Zimmermann

Bill runs Seven Seas Sailing school, and is a staunch waterfront activist. He is also heavily involved with preserving, maintaining, and promoting the South Buffalo Lighthouse. When Bill first started writing for Buffalo Rising, he wrote an article a day for 365 days - each article coincided with a significant historic event that happened in Buffalo on that same day.

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