The demolition of a building at 1678 Hertel Avenue has begun. In order to get to this point, National Grid had to deal with a power line that delayed the initial progress. That means that Lexington Co-ops newest location is now on target to open in the summer of 2017.
The co-op announced its intentions to double in capacity last year. The addition of a member owned organic grocery store to North Buffalo will be a game changer for the neighborhood, much as it has been for Elmwood Avenue. The market’s ‘B.I.G. Direction goals’ for this new location include:
- Double the retail space
- More prepared foods
- Indoor seating
- More registers
- 3x the parking
- More Co-op Economy
- More Local and Sustainable
Out of all of those advancements, the one that has to be most exciting is the ‘indoor seating’ aspect. When the Elmwood location was built, a lot of people were hoping that there would be a place to grab a warm soup, a bagel or a pre-made sandwich… and a seat. Due to the space constraints, that was not possible. The seating alone will be a big win for the Hertel Avenue location.
Lexington Co-op joins countless other economic advancements on Hertel Avenue. The restaurant scene is hot, and retail looks to be stable. There are still a number of tragic facades on the street that need to be addressed. Also, at some point, The City should look at traffic calming options for the street. It appears that Hertel could be a prime candidate for bike lanes. If bike lanes were added to the street, there would be a completely different urban dynamic than what exists today. Replace the speeding cars with a feature that would bring more people – more families – to the street. If that were to happen, Hertel would become the premier living/shopping district in the city, as well as an overall healthier economic driver in North Buffalo.