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Rehab Underway at 368 Grant Street

A charming three-story building at the southwest corner of Grant Street and Potomac Avenue is coming back to life.  The 6,000 sq.ft. building has 2,200 sq.ft. of commercial space and two vacant upper floor apartments.  It had been owned by Katherine Martino and was the home of Phil Martino’s West Side Appliance and Furniture.  It sold in February.  The new owners are gutting the building and plans call for commercial space on the ground floor and two to four upper floor apartments. 
Arthur Dent has some details on BuffaloHipStar:
Today, I was pleasantly surprised to see an abandoned building at the corners of Grant and Potomac being gutted. Several days ago, this building was totally boarded up and was one more unoccupied/rundown building adding to the negative perception held by many of this historic business district. Now, it is a symbol of a district on the rise.


One of the workers was nice enough to take a minute to speak with me about the project. The worker informed me that the current property owners are rehabbing this building with the intention of turning it into rentable apartments.  Unfortunately, he did not have any more  information on the project, but did say they are making a great deal of progress. 
I for one am impressed with all the positive progress being made to breathe life back into the Grant-Ferry business district, which started a few blocks away at the corners of Grant and Lafayette.  A few days ago, I wrote an article about all the activity-taking place at that corner. This building being rehabbed is more evidence that the positive work done at that end of the strip (Grant and Lafayette) is starting to spread.  I highly recommend that you take a trip and see it all for yourself. You will be just amazed at all the progress. 

Written by RaChaCha


RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum.

Things you may not know about RaChaCha (unless you read this before): "Ra Cha Cha" is a nickname of his hometown. (Didn't you know that? Do you live under a rock?) He's a political junkie (he once worked for the president of the Monroe County Legislature), but we don't really let him write about politics on here. He helped create a major greenway in the Genesee Valley, and worked on early planning for the Canalway Trail. He hopes you enjoy biking and hiking on those because that's what he put in all that work for. He was a ringleader of the legendary "Chill the Fill" campaign to save Rochester's old downtown subway tunnel. In fact, he comes from a long line of troublemakers. An ancestor fought at Bunker Hill, and a relative led the Bear Flag Revolt in California. We advise you to remember this before messing with him in the comments. He worked on planning the Rochester ARTWalk, and thinks Buffalo should have one of those, too (write your congressman).

You can also find RaChaCha (all too often, we frequently nag him) on the Twitters at @HeyRaChaCha. Which is what some people here yell when they see him on the street. You know who you are.

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