The Langston Hughes Institute is rehabbing a complex of four buildings on Broadway for their new home. After closing their doors last year, the Institute is looking to make the move and purchase the buildings located at 163-173 Broadway. The historic row of buildings is located between Michigan and Nash, perfectly situated for the Institute to be a focal point in the Michigan Avenue African-American Heritage Corridor.
While the Langston Hughes Institute is currently located across the street at 136 Broadway, they previously occupied space at 25 High Street before selling the property to the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus.
The buildings will not only be the new home for the Institute, but also a mix of commercial, residential, and other arts and cultural institutions. Additionally the plan calls for gallery space, a rooftop garden, meeting spaces, and a café. Watts Architecture and Engineering has been retained for the design. If all goes accordingly to plan the $8 million development will open in the summer of 2013 and will be a great achievement for the Heritage Corridor as well as the Langston Hughes Institute.
Operating for 40 years as an not-for-profit organization the Langston Hughes Institute has been an incredible resource for art and cultural heritage. They have hosted many different artists, poets, and writers throughout the years and their new home will ensure they can continue their great work.
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