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RFP issued for Heritage DiscoveRY Center Site “A”

A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for a significant parcel of property along the Buffalo River. Located directly across the river from SolarCity and the future Danforth Operations Hub, and right off South Park Avenue, this parcel is in close proximity to the Old First Ward, the Cobblestone District, and directly across the street from the Heritage DiscoveRY Center. This prime parcel is prime to be the next wave of development along the Buffalo River, following the leads from Ellicott Development, Savarino Development and RiverWorks. Not to mention the new public parks along the water, bike lanes, Riverkeeper shoreline activity, river dredging, and an overall redevelopment excitement that is finally palpable in all directions.


The RFP is directed at developers that would ground Lease (possible sale) and develop the Heritage DiscoveRY Center (HDC) Site “A” parcel, into a waterfront attraction that could complement the work of the center. The Heritage DiscoveRY Center is a key component to retaining and maintaining historic aspects of rail, steel and other transportation advancements that made Buffalo what it is today. At one point, this site was considered as a prime parcel, linking the river to the heritage center, potentially connected via family oriented train/rail rides. That was simply one idea that was bandied about in the past. The important takeaway is HDC’s desire to create a unique destination, possibly utilizing many of the historic resources that have already been established nearby.


The property in question is part of the former Buffalo Color Corporation, which was purchased by HDC in 2013. According to the HDC, “The Property available for development comprises approximately 7.46 acres+ (324,958 square feet) of the total parcel. The HDC is reserving approximately 2.7 acres+ along the western boundary of the Property for future museum expansion, however it may consider development plans for the entire parcel.”

To learn about the history of the site, tax incentives, existing structures and conditions, development considerations, etc, visit the HDC RFP online.

Proposal due by March 26th

WHERE: The property is located at 1037 South Park AvenueSouth Park Ave with 750′ of Buffalo River Shoreline across from Solar City

WHY: The development of Area A parcel will assist with the Heritage Discovery Center museum project development.




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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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