City of Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Challenge:

 

Create a new affordable home for the arts in a long-vacant automobile factory in the economically depressed, racially divided Midtown Neighborhood

Goals:

  • 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.

Update:

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.

Learn More at: Artspace Buffalo Lofts

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