Over the years we’ve seen a lot of great projects that were made possible thanks to City and State facade improvement initiatives. In November, I posted on six buildings in Allentown that all benefitted from funding from Buffalo Main Streets Initiative Award (see here).
Now, Buffalo Place has announced that it is been awarded $500K via a New York Main Street Program grant. The funding will be allocated to assisting building owners along Main Street, between Seneca and Edward/Goodell Streets. Of course we’re talking about a significant stretch of Main Street, but we saw how far $300K in funding went in Allentown. Hopefully this funding is strategically directed to have the biggest bang for the buck – according to Buffalo Place, the funding will be allotted to “…safeguard historic buildings, support new storefront construction, and develop upper floor residential spaces.” Hopefully most of the improvements happen at street level. In the end, the significance of the funding is contingent on the building owners that apply for the funding.
It would be interesting to hear which building facades readers feel would benefit most from the funding. You never know… maybe the building owners are listening?
*More information and application procedures will be provided by Buffalo Place in January.
Lead image courtesy Buffalo Place