After a previous Request for Proposals in 2016 fizzled, the City is once again trying to find a developer to reuse a Fruit Belt property. It might be the last chance to save the structure. 204 High Street-291 Maple Street, an Italianate brick structure circa 1870, is one of the oldest in the Fruit Belt neighborhood.
Built circa 1871, the property had a long time use as the personal residence and medical practice of John Meidenbauer. In the late 1930s it was sold to Lyle Morgan, another doctor, who also utilized it for his personal residence and practice. The building was last used in 1979 as a doctor’s office and the city took ownership around 2005 after Morgan’s son was unable to maintain the taxes for the property.
The parcels consist of two, 2 1/2 story masonry structures and two vacant lots that are positioned on the corner of High and Maple streets. The structures have proximity to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, situated one block away from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Medical Center. Title to the parcels is currently being held by the City of Buffalo. The property is listed as a City of Buffalo local landmark.
The RFP is seeking a qualified developer or development team. Proposals, due October 4, will be evaluated by the quality of the plan, experience and qualifications, and financial considerations such as feasibility, cost effectiveness, and capacity of the team.