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Development proposals sought for three City-owned sites

Looking to take advantage of a hot residential real estate market, the City is seeking developers for three properties.


Proposals are sought for the sale and redevelopment of the former School #56 located at 722 West Delavan Avenue (above). The former school is a three-story structure, zoned R-2, with 55,480 square feet of space. Submissions are due July 18.


Close to the Medical Campus, the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency is seeking a developer for a vacant parcel at Main and Best Streets (above). The .23 acre site at 1127 Main Street is located across the street from the Summer/Best light rail station. From the RFP:

The Agency seeks a development plan that reinforces the walkable, transit-oriented character of the surrounding area, taking advantage of the site’s proximity to the Metro Rail and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Proposals are due July 15.

A developer is also being sought for a prime Waterfront Village parcel at 240-260 Lakefront Boulevard. The 2.4 acre site was once targeted for future phases of the Portside and Marina Park developments. Each project stalled amid sluggish sales after just a handful of units were completed.

From the RFP:

The development of this parcel will be in-fill development and, as such, should complement the existing character of the immediate neighborhood. The C-W zone includes a required 25-foot setback for any non-water-dependent structure from the shoreline, measured at the mean high water line. The C-W zone encourages the provision of a public shore walkway, accessible to the general public, within the required 25 foot setback. BURA seeks proposals that incorporate into the design pedestrian access to the waterfront by the general public during reasonable hours. This may include a pedestrian pathway, green space and viewing area along a portion of the lakefront portion of the parcel.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency named Waterfront Medical Professionals, LLC ‘designated developer’ for the city-owned site in 2008 but could not carry out its plan for Casa Luce (below). It was to include eight townhome units and 18 condominiums in an eight-story mid-rise building. Prices were expected to range from $275,000 up to $800,000.

Proposals for the site are due August 1.


Casa Luce project designed by Carmina Wood Morris P.C.


Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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