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Developers Sing…”On Broadway”

Three development projects along a short stretch of Broadway are in the works. Each will bring new life to underutilized or vacant historic buildings not far from downtown.

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The farthest along is New York City-based HELP USA’s 47 apartments at the northwest corner of Broadway and Hickory Street. The project will incorporate the corner building 368 Broadway and preserve the façade of a three-story commercial building at 362 Broadway. A new four-story residential structure would occupy the balance of the site. Flynn Battaglia Architects designed the project that is now out for bid.

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“HELP Buffalo II” will include 15 apartments targeted to homeless veterans with the balance targeted to low and moderate income families and individuals. The project will have 16 one-bedroom, 25 two-bedroom and 6 three-bedroom apartments. The existing corner building will house apartments on the upper floors and also feature a community room and office space for project management and supportive service staff.

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At the southeast corner of Michigan and Broadway, a team headed by architect Steve Carmina and developer Roger Trettel is planning a mix of uses for three vacant buildings (above). The Langston Hughes Cultural Center had looked at relocating to the site but owner Sankofa Community Development could not pull off a deal and lost the property through foreclosure. Carmina’s team was the high bidder at a court-ordered auction. Twelve apartments, a jazz-themed restaurant, a space for a cultural group are planned.

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And in a purchase finalized yesterday, Barking Buffalo Development LLC purchased 313 Broadway at the corner of Cedar Street for $175,000. Architect Michael Anderson of Abstract Architecture confirms that his firm bought the charming three-story building and will relocate there.

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Written by WCPerspective

WCPerspective

Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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