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Buffalo Main Streets Initative

In 2015, three Buffalo LISC community partners received funding from the Better Buffalo Fund Main Streets Initiative, which is dedicated to projects that encourage density along transportation corridors and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts. The three agencies include People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), Heart of the City Neighborhoods, and University District Community Development Association

Thanks to technical assistance from LISC and MetroEdge commercial markets advisory consulting, a total of $1.9 million in state funds was allocated to these three groups. Combined with 3:1 matching funds from building owners, this will create a minimum private investment of $4.85 million.

It's through fine-grained, incremental investments that real neighborhood change happens.
— Darren Cotton, UDCDA

"It's through these fine-grained, incremental investments that real neighborhood change happens," said Darren Cotton, Director of Planning & Community Development at the University District Community Development Association. "By leveraging years of community-led work, we have a real opportunity to bring the heart of our neighborhood back."

Funding will support renovations to a long vacant and divested mixed-use building and hardware store on the West Side, and improvements to signage, facades and lighting, street scape enhancements, and general rehabilitation of commercial storefronts on the West Side and in the University District. These upgrades will help create more vibrant commercial corridors and support future economic development in those areas.