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Buffalo Rehabs 2017 | Part 4

People come at rehabs from different perspectives. Some are just happy that a house or building is saved and reused. Others want the period details maintained or restored and the proper materials used. A number of rehabs done by government agencies like the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency or by Do-It-Yourself (DIY) rehabbers utilize cost-effective materials like vinyl siding, vinyl windows and oval glass front doors. Other rehabs that focus on restoration have wooden windows that come with the house or building that are repaired for functionality or have new wooden windows installed. There are several craftsmen in Buffalo who can restore wooden doors. Some advocate for the use of period colors during restoration. Of course, installing new or repaired wooden windows and using period colors on new or repaired clapboard or hardwood are expensive processes compared to the installation of vinyl windows and siding. Advocates of wooden windows point out that wooden windows last much longer than vinyl windows. Vinyl siding also has a short life span and is hazardous to the environment – it’s not biodegradable when it ends up in a landfill.

If a project utilizes Federal and State Historic Preservation Tax Credits, the use of vinyl windows and vinyl siding is not allowed. However, the next inexpensive material on the replacement scale for windows are aluminum windows which are allowed for tax credit purposes. White aluminum windows are often mistaken as being white vinyl windows. That was the initial reaction that many had when they viewed pictures of the St. Clare’s Grammar School Mixed-use rehab in the city’s Valley neighborhood or the School 56 mixed-use rehab on West Delavan in the Elmwood Village neighborhood on the Facebook page Buffalo Rehab and Reuse. Aluminum windows come in many colors and should be utilized in the renovation process if that is the developer or rehabber’s choice rather than white. Nothing screams vinyl windows like white windows. Fiberglass windows have also come into popularity recently.

I think back to the Buffalo of the 1990’s when nothing was happening in Buffalo on the rehab scene, and then I think of the rehab scene now with all the rehabs that have taken place in just this past year, and are going on right now. Our city’s rebirth continues to come into focus.

Photos in this segment were contributed by Chrissy Lincoln, Keith Sczcygiel, Katy Stuck, Frits Abell and myself. If you are interested in the Buffalo Rehab Scene, please join the Facebook Page Buffalo Rehab and Reuse

5 Points Rehab – Photo by Frits Abell
11 Whitney Place Gut Rehab 2
45 Jewett Ave Mixed Use Rehab
58 Park St Full Gut Rehab Allentown
82 Marion St Rehab Black Rock
100 Wood Ave Before and After Ongoing Rehab | Photo by Chrissy Lincoln
164 Saranac Ave Fire Ravaged Rehab North Buffalo
191 Normal Ave Fire Ravaged Rehab
217 Linwood Ave – Paint Job of The Year
236 Normal Ave PUSH Training House Rehab
423 LaSalle Ave Rehab University Heights | Photo by Katy Stuck
445 Rhode Island Rehab
580 Amherst St Mixed-Use Rehab – Black Rock
581 Potomac Rehab
714 Prospect St Exterior Rehab
Corner of Auburn and Norwood Exterior Rehab
Corner of Rhode Island and 15th St Mixed Use Rehab
Elmwood Exterior Rehab Near Lafayette
Lexington Coop Hertel Ave Rehab North Buffalo
Linwood Ave Office Rehab
Oakgrove Ave Rehab Hamlin Park | Photo by Keith Sczcygiel
PS 59 Residential Rehab at Best and Fillmore
Rhode Island St Restaurant Rehab
School 56 West Delevan Ave Mixed Use Rehab
School 77 PUSH Senior Housing Conversion -Plymouth Ave
St. Margaret’s Grammar School – Hertel Ave, Mixed Use Rehab
St. Theresa’s Elementary School Residential Conversion

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, He occasionally contributes articles to BRO as Dr. Rehab.

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