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Downtown Development 

Buffalo is experiencing an economic renaissance with the redevelopment of downtown. Over the last few years, Downtown Buffalo has seen more than $3 Billion in public and private investment. This compliments the $100 Million in street-scape and infrastructure projects that have recently been completed or that are scheduled to take place in the near future.  Investment in the business sector, coupled with approximately 1,000 residential units that have been added to the downtown footprint, make for an exciting era in the redevelopment of downtown Buffalo. The Queen City Hub Plan, Buffalo's award winning action plan for the revitalization of downtown Buffalo, recognizes downtown as a regional center for entertainment, culture, education, health care, and life sciences research.  Click here for more information on the Queen City Hub Plan (Vol 1, Vol 2).

 QUEEN CITY POP UP IS BACK!


ARE YOU A RETAILER INTERESTED IN LOCATING ON MAIN STREET IN DOWNTOWN BUFFALO? We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop Up. Winners will be awarded free space at the Brisbane Building, located at 403 Main Street. The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m. See the link below for more details.

Pop Up RFP - Spring 2017.pdf

 

BUDC is now Accepting Applications for Downtown Adaptive Reuse Projects

We are now accepting applications for the Buffalo Building Reuse Loan Fund (BBRLF), which provides low interest gap financing for adaptive reuse and new construction projects in downtown Buffalo. Eligible projects may receive a maximum of $750,000 in financing for up to 54 months. Projects will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. The deadline for first quarter applications is Friday, June 30, 2017. Please click the link below for the application.

BBRP Quarter 2 2017 - Request for Application.pdf

 

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2016 Downtown Development Guide

Identifying investment opportunities in Downtown Buffalo is simple following the release of the 2016 Downtown Development Guide. This 12 page booklet provides investors, developers and businesses with key pieces of information such as downtown statistics and demographics as well as an overview of the development projects transforming the urban core. The guide also identifies over 20 properties totaling 21.5 acres that are well suited for redevelopment along with a listing of available tools, resources, and incentives for adaptive reuse projects. 

The guide was formed through a collaborative effort by Mayor Byron W. Brown, Chairman of Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, CBRE Buffalo and Buffalo Place with funding provided by National Grid. 

To view the 2016 Downtown Development Guide, click here

 

Buffalo Building Reuse Report

In December 2010, City of Buffalo's Mayor Byron W. Brown formally asked the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership to organize and manage a group of experienced business leaders and economic development professionals to make recommendations to build on The Queen City Hub Planand improve the competitiveness of downtown Buffalo. In direct response, the Partnership formed the Buffalo Building Reuse Project (BBRP). Click here for more information about the BBRP. Click here for the 2011 Downtown Residential Demand study.

 

Current & Proposed Projects

With millions of new investment taking place, Buffalo is experiencing a remarkable and visible change downtown.  Projects such as the Lafayette Hotel along with the expansions of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), Canalside, and Larkinville illustrate the rebirth of downtown Buffalo. Take a look at some of the new developments on track to take place in the downtown area, here to see them by status or here to see them by type.

 

Infrastructure & Public Realm

Infrastructure, streetscape, and public realm improvements help to support new development and the growth of neighborhoods. These improvements provide the necessary framework and linkages that help new developments thrive.  The "Cars Sharing Main Street"project and upgrades to the Elm-Oak corridor are just a few examples of the public realm enhancements to downtown Buffalo. Right-of-way improvements, lighting, traffic calming measures, and upgrades for cyclists and pedestrians make downtown Buffalo an accessible place to live, work, and play.

Click Here to see a map and current list of infrastructure improvements.

Click here for planned improvements to the Elm/Oak Corridor.

Infrastructure and Public Realm Master Plan

BUDC released an Infrastructure & Public Realm Master Plan ("Master Plan") for downtown Buffalo in 2015. The Master Plan serves as a guide for infrastructure improvements necessary for a more vibrant downtown.  The Master Plan establishes a vision, objectives and decision making criteria to guide downtown infrastructure and public realm investments over the next decade. It seeks to address downtown access, the quality of the streets, streetscapes, open spaces, public art and develop better linkages between downtown assets to create a more walkable, cohesive downtown. The final product will be used as a tool attract and encourage new public and private investments to help further transform the footprint of the downtown Buffalo. 

Click here to view the Infrastructure and Public Realm Master Plan Executive Summary

 

Click here to view the complete Infrastructure and Public Realm Master Plan

 

 

Available Sites

 

Downtown has many exciting opportunities for development.  Click here for a listing of potential sites for development.

 

Preservation Ready Buildings

BUDC has prepared a survey of buildings in downtown that are potentially eligible for Historic Preservation Tax Credits Preservation Ready Survey

 

Assistance

Need assistance in developing a site or opening a business in downtown Buffalo? Looking for incentives or technical assistance with a project? Contact Brandye Merriweather, Vice President - Downtown Development at 716-856-6525 ext. 131.

 

Resource Partners

City of Buffalo                                        www.city-buffalo.com
Buffalo-Niagara Partnership                    www.thepartnership.org
Buffalo Place, Inc.                                www.buffaloplace.com
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus             www.bnmc.org
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation www.eriecanalharbor.com
Larkin Development                                  www.larkindg.com
Buffalo Niagara Enterprise                          www.buffaloniagara.org
Working for Downtown                              www.workingfordowntown.org

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