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Rehabs in Cold Springs and the Fruit Belt  

In early June, I drove through the streets of the Cold Springs and Fruit Belt sections of the city and discovered 11 rehabs spread across Riley, Dodge, Northampton, Laurel, Glenwood, Woodlawn, Orange and Peach. Most were recent starts. By late July, as you can see, many had progressed. Various contractors took part in this work. The house on Riley and one of three rehabs on Laurel were sponsored by the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA).

Riley Street - before and after
Riley Street – before and after

On the Facebook page Buffalo Rehab and Reuse, a number of commenters pointed out the use of vinyl siding and vinyl windows on these rehabs. While vinyl siding seems to be the siding de jour, the discussion about vinyl windows was informative and thought provoking.

The original wooden windows can often be repaired at a cost that is less than the cost of new replacement vinyl windows. Wooden windows give authenticity to rehabs while vinyl window replacements are often ill-fitting in original window spaces. A maintained wooden window will last longer than vinyl windows which need to be replaced every 15 years. Used wooden windows can be obtained at Reuse Action on Northampton Street.

It’s good to see these rehabs on the East Side, an area of Buffalo that is often only associated with blight.

Northampton Street - before
Northampton Street – before
Northampton Street - after
Northampton Street – after
Laurel Street - Before and after
Laurel Street – Before and after
Laurel Street - Before and after
Laurel Street – Before and after
Glenwood
Glenwood
Orange Street
Orange Street
Peach Street
Peach Street
Woodlawn
Woodlawn

Written by Dr. Rehab

Dr. Rehab

John Straubinger has been an occasional Buffalo Rising contributor since 2007. Born and raised in the city, John lived and worked in Boston, MA in the Research field for over 47 years. Since the early 1990's, he started following what was happening in his home town with a developing interest. Liking more and more of what he was seeing in Buffalo for the last ten years, John decided to return to Buffalo permanently in the fall of 2014. John has an interesting facebook page called Buffalo rehab and Reuse, https://www.facebook.com/groups/929189663802358/. He occasionally contributes articles to BRO as Dr. Rehab.

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