Author: Mike Puma

Mike Puma

Writing for Buffalo Rising since 2009 covering development news, historic preservation, and Buffalo history. Works professionally in historic preservation.

Mayor Brown has announced several public discussions regarding the new Buffalo Green Code. The meetings serve as a conversation between city government and Buffalo residents about the Green Code. The comprehensive revitalization of Buffalo’s zoning code is the first of its kind since the early 1950’s and as a result the city has been operating in accordance with a code created for a different time. The city has changed a lot in the last 60 years like where and how residents live, work, and shop. Transportation throughout the city has also changed and there has been an increase in environmental…

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The Beauty in Urban Decay exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society recently had its opening reception in the Community Gallery. The installation focuses on the ability of people to look past the deterioration of structures and see what they once were- their inner beauty. Artist Sara M. Zak explains that her installation “brings historical depth to urban scene painting. When one knows the background of a person or location, one can see through what is broken to what is beautiful.” What makes this installation great is the focus on lesser known architectural gems of Buffalo. When thinking…

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The Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center (ABPC) is hosting its inaugural fundraiser featuring a special exhibit and lecture to increase public awareness of its long-term plans. The event will take place on Nov. 17 at The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 220 North Street, starting at 6 pm. The proposed Presidential Center will provide public programs, projects and research opportunities showcasing Buffalo’s presidential history. Project sponsors believe Buffalo may be one of the only cities in all of America that can boast it has been home to two United States Presidents. The exhibit, “Buffalo’s Presidential Legacy,” will include items specific to Presidents Fillmore and Cleveland…

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With the announcement of John B. Simpson’s resignation as president of the University at Buffalo, there has been concern for what it means for the progress of UB 2020. Simpson declared that, “UB 2020 does not have an expiration date” which is evidenced in the completion of the “new” Child Care Center on UB’s south campus. It is part of “Phase II” of south campus improvements under the UB 2020 umbrella. Formally known as Butler Annex, the Child Care Center has been transformed from two ‘temporary’ structures and eyesores to a permanent facility with vast aesthetic and functional improvements. The…

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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) has announced that it will hold a series of tours, interviews and “visioning workshops” from October 12-14, 2010. It will be led by representatives from Lord Cultural Resources and Ralph Applebaum Associates. The workshops will provide an opportunity for various community leaders, educators and members of local cultural organizations to discuss what they see as Buffalo’s unique story. “Western New Yorkers know that this region has played a vital role in our nation’s history and we want to see that role reflected in the development occurring on our waterfront” said Maureen Hurley, ECHDC…

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With three successful downtown projects under his belt, developer and architect Jake Schneider can add another to his list, the Lofts at 136. Schneider acquired the building in May 2009 that sat abandoned since 2001. The building is located on the corner of N. Division and Elm Streets and originally served as a paper warehouse to the firm of Alling and Cory, built in 1910. For its 100 year anniversary the building now serves a new purpose for students desiring downtown living. The Lofts at 136 features 91 units that are a mix of one, two, or four person suites…

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The Canal Side Community Alliance along with educational leaders and developers are hosting a series of community forums designed to share information with citizens and elected leaders alike on important issues facing Buffalo’s waterfront. The goal is to create a realistic and sustainable vision for the Buffalo waterfront. After Bass Pro Shops pulled out of the Canal Side project, elected officials and others have asked the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to discard the retail-focused plan for the inner harbor. The completion of the 2004 Master Plan for the inner harbor has remained unachieved and now the Canal Side Community…

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