Queen City Pop-Ups are open

The first group of five “Queen City Pop Up” retail stores have officially opened in the Market Arcade complex.

To quote James Fink from Buffalo Business First: “A joint effort by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp., Buffalo Place Inc. and Working for Downtown identified the retailers and under the program, the stores were given rent-free space through Christmas Eve as a means for encouraging more downtown retail offerings.”

For more information, please read the full article from Buffalo Business First: ‘Pop Up’ retailing test case starts at Market Arcade

Queen City Pop-Up: RFP

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Buffalo Place, and Working for Downtown are encouraging the Western New York retail community to submit proposals to the Queen City Pop-Up Project.  This initiative is designed to encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers.  The winners of the Queen City Pop-Up Project will receive free rent in a select retail location for the 2014 Holiday Season.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of the Queen City Pop Up Project RFP, please contact Brandye Merriweather at bmerriweather@buffalourbandevelopmentcorporation.com, or by going to the BUDC Homepage.

This is a unique opportunity for local retailers to receive free rent on Main Street in downtown Buffalo for the holiday season.  Note that the all proposals should be submitted to me by Wednesday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Urban Land Institute WNY – Reviving the 500 Block of Main Street

ULI Western New York: Reviving and Rebuilding the 500 Block of Main Street

 

ULI Western New York: Reviving and Rebuilding the 500 Block of Main Street

Date:
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time:
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM – Registration and Hors D’oeuvres (Hyatt Regency)
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Panel Discussion
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Block Open House/Self-Guided Tour
8:00 PM to 8:30 PM – Networking at Oshun Oyster Bar

Location:
Hyatt Regency
2 Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14203

The 500 Block of Main Street embodies the exciting initiatives and investment that are changing downtown Buffalo back into a vibrant urban neighborhood. This event offers the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the revitalized buildings on this historic block and to meet residents and business owners who have spurred the effort. After a panel presentation about the block’s recent history and the efforts transforming it today, attendees are welcome to embark on a self-guided tour of 487-537 Main Street. After tours, meet for networking at Oshun Oyster Bar.

Moderator
Steven Carmina, Main Street Business Owner, Building Owner, and Resident │ AIA

Panelists
Debra Chernoff, Manager | Planning at Buffalo Place
Jay Dellavecchia, General Manager | Hyatt Regency Buffalo
John Volpe | Main Street Resident & Business Owner

For More Information, please click here

Scratch Connecticut, Campus Labs Expands Downtown

Campus Labs/Higher One Inc. has moved closer to securing a deal that will see the company expand in downtown Buffalo instead of shifting operations to Connecticut.

One of the key milestones took place when the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board approved a $300,000 grant for the company. Plans call for Campus Labs/Higher One Inc. to move its offices from its current Ellicott Street location and anchor McGuire Development’s renovation of the century-old but largely vacant Burns Building on E. Huron Street.

Read more here from Jim Fink at Buffalo Business First.

Frank Lloyd Wright filling station on line in Buffalo

 

Buffalo’s past has, officially, come to life in the city’s newest tourist destination that many feel will double as an economic development generator.

 

Developer James Sandoro on Friday took the official wraps off of his $6.3 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion of the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum. The centerpiece of the museum is a filing station famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1927 for the then-intersection of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street — but was never built. The Kensington Expressway now runs through where the station would have stood.

 

Instead, Sandoro, an automotive and history buff, acquired the designs from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and set about funding raising efforts to see the station finally built in Buffalo.

 

Work on the museum’s expansion began nearly two years ago.

 

“I consider this another important piece in the arsenal we can use to attract business here,” said Tim Clark, Buffalo Niagara Film Commission executive director.

More here from Jim Fink at Buffalo Business First.

 

ColoCrossing leaves Williamsville for Downtown Buffalo

Yet another company has realized the benefits of working in the downtown core, as opposed to the isolation of the suburbs.

ColoCrossing confirmed it will relocate from Williamsville to 325 Delaware Ave. in downtown Buffalo.

The move to the 9,000 square-foot, former National Gypsum Co. building will take place later this year.

The company needed the additional space to service customers.

ColoCrossing offers cloud computing, hosting and shared hosting. The tech company employs 27, and has plans to hire up to 15 more.

Story and image courtesy of David Bertola at Buffalo Business First.

 

 

YMCA is moving to Gates Circle

The YMCA Buffalo Niagara has officially signed a letter of intent to move its North Buffalo branch to the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital property.

The commitment is one of the first steps toward the YMCA building a 70,000-square-foot facility that will help anchor the $63 million transformation of the now-vacant hospital complex into a mixed-use community. The project is being shepherded by TM Montante Development with Canterbury Woods agreeing to build a senior living facility on the property that will also serve as an anchor.

More here from Jim Fink at Buffalo Business First.

More here from Buffalo Rising.

$1,000 solar manufacturing jobs pending Elon Musk plans

Local economic development officials remain confident that Silevo, the California-based solar panel manufacturer being recruited to anchor a South Buffalo clean-energy hub, will follow through with its plans even though the company is being acquired by a rival firm lead by a well-known entrepreneur.

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Corp. announced plans Tuesday to acquire Silevo for $200 million — a price that could climb to $350 million — and bring more than 1,000 jobs to Buffalo. The deal would cement SolarCity’s position as one of the top producers of solar energy devices and products.

Combined the two companies represent a $1.5 billion investment. Silevo and Soraa are to jointly occupy 275,000-square-feet at Riverbend.

Musk on his SolarCity blog hinted that the Buffalo project would advance, but, instead of a 200-megawatt capacity, he envisions it having a 1 gigawatt output, five times the initial plans.

See more about these revised plans to a previously released story from Jim Fink at Buffalo Business First.

Shea’s invests another $900K into restoration work

With its 2013-2014 season completed, officials from Shea’s Buffalo Theatre have turned their attention to the final phase of restoration work in its main auditorium.

Crews from Evergreene Architectural Arts have started restoring 80 percent of the theater’s main ceiling, including its dome and high walls. The project will be completed by late August, in time for Shea’s new season.

The project carries a $900,000 price tag and part of an overall $2.5 million renovation package of the downtown Buffalo cultural and architectural landmark.

Find the entire story here from James Fink at Buffalo Business First.