Artspace Buffalo Lofts

An Economic Engine for Midtown

1219 Main Street Buffalo, NY, 14209

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As a means to spark economic development in the aging neighborhoods around its central business district, the historic Buffalo Electric Vehicle Company factory was redeveloped into Artpsace Buffalo Lofts. The project boasts 60 units of affordable live/work housing for creatives and their families, with 36 in the previously vacant factory and 24 in six newly constructed fourplexes. The project also includes commercial space, a gallery, and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, which offers after-school visual arts programs for historically marginalized high school students and health sciences career training for under-employed and unemployed adults. 

Architect: Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects (HHL)

Development Partner: Belmont Shelter Corporation

Funders: City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning; Economic Development Initiative; Housing and Urban Development Appropriation; Empire State Development Corporation; M&T Bank; New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation; New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal; RBC–Apollo Equity Partners; The Community Preservation Corporation; The Baird Foundation; The Cameron Baird Foundation; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Peter C. Cornell Trust; M&T Charitable Foundation; National Trust for Historic Preservation / HGTV Restore America Program; The John R. Oishei Foundation; Seymour H. Knox Foundation; Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; and the Zemsky Family Foundation

est. 2007

Type of Development

Mixed-Use Housing and Commercial Space

Number of Units


Types of Units

Efficiency One-, Two-, Three-Bedroom

Total Area

118,000 sq. ft.


Resident gallery, green space