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Another Win for Connecticut Street

After stopping into BreadHive Café on Connecticut Street moments ago, I passed by a long-lost looking structure that has been boarded up for as long as I can remember. I did notice that some initial work was underway a few weeks ago, but I figured that the Masjid Al-Eiman Mosque (next door) had purchased the building, and would be knocking it down, just as they had a historic house that once sat at the corner of 16th Street… now a parking lot (photo – below, right). 

Win on the left | Loss on the right

Thankfully, it turns out, that’s not the case. This old building is going to be saved, and the original storefront will be replicated and restored, upon which time it will become a yoga studio. Two apartments are also going to be built out on the second floor. This is a significant win for the street, which is certainly on the upswing these days. Every time one of these structures is lost (especially to a parking lot), it’s a major bummer for the street.

Connecticut Street still has some great bones. But it wouldn’t take much for it to take a tailspin. Securing this structure for mixed-use purposes helps to amplify the rest of the developments on the street.

Now, can we get the last couple of abandoned structures on Connecticut Street into the hands of new owners who will do something with them? It’s a travesty to watch these two parcels sit around and rot. The time is now.

465 Connecticut Street on left | 319 Connecticut Street on right

Written by queenseyes


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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