Create a new affordable home for the arts in a long-vacant automobile factory in the economically depressed, racially divided Midtown Neighborhood
- Jumpstart economic revitalization
- Help bridge a historic racial divide
Scope of Work
In partnership with the Belmont Shelter Corporation, we developed the Buffalo Artspace Lofts, a 60-unit mixed-use project. Thirty-six units are in the historic factory; the remaining 24 units are in six new fourplexes built on vacant land behind the factory. The $16.9 million project also includes a two-level community gallery that is managed by the project’s resident artists and 9,000 square feet of commercial space on the main floor of the factory building.
Since the Buffalo Artspace Lofts opened in 2007, the Midtown Neighborhood has shown encouraging signs of economic revitalization. In 2013, the Manchester Bidwell Corporation will create a new training facility, the Buffalo Arts and Technology Center, in the project’s commercial space. The new center will offer after-school visual arts programs for at-risk urban high school students as well as health sciences career training for under-employed and unemployed adults.