The Campus Walk Student Housing Complex is going up fast on Grant Street. This project is a game changer for the street, especially this section that has not seen any significant changes over the years. Once open, there will not only be buildings full of student life, there will also be additional connectivity between the Buffalo State campus and a commercial corridor that is on the rise.
Grant Street has seen ebbs and flows of progress over the past five years. We have seen small shops and restaurants opening, as well as investments from the refugee communities. In order to truly accelerate the movement, the City needs to deal with empty lots and abandoned/derelict buildings. Addressing facade improvements would go a long way. It looks as if there are plenty of properties on Grant Street that are in need of improvements, yet the owners are allowed to slide year after year.
This latest Greenleaf and Co. development should be a catalyst for sweeping change on Grant Street. Once complete, the Campus Walk Student Housing Complex will have room for 300 students to live, along with retail shops, a computer room and a fitness center. The added life, the new infill, and the overall investment will hopefully send a signal that Grant Street is once again on the move.