Main Street Open to Cars 1/23/15

For the first time in over 30 years, the 600 block of Main Street in downtown Buffalo will be open to vehicular traffic again! This long anticipated event will be marked by Mayor Byron W. Brown and Rep. Brian Higgins took the first car down the block at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015 as the traffic gate opens.

These gates will be in place when a Metro Rail train emerges from the underground tunnel to the 600 block of Main Street. Once the train is safely pass, the gate will left and cars can continue down Main Street. As construction continues on the 500 block of Main Street, cars will need to turn off at Chippewa Street.

Main Street between Chippewa and Tupper streets is the home of such businesses as Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the Market Arcade, Tralfamadore Café, Irish Classical Theatre Company and Bijou Grill and will now share the road with trains, cars, bicycles and pedestrians!

Queen City Pop-Up – SHOPPING SURGE

Shopping Surge

When: Friday, December 19, 2014
Time: 11AM-8PM

Where: Market Arcade Building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 Come out to the Queen City Pop Up Shopping Surge, where you can find the perfect last minute holiday gifts for your friends & family! Queen City Pop Up offers unique gift items such as clothing, artisan beauty products, hand-made jewelry, holiday cards and other Buffalo themed gifts and accessories. Shoppers will receive 10% off merchandise. Lloyd’s Taco Truck will also be located on Main Street in front of the Market Arcade from 4:30pm- 7:30 p.m. and Mazurek’s Bakery will be offering 10% off cookie gift boxes until 7p.m. Stop into Preferred Werk for a Music Mixer featuring some of Buffalo’s local DJs! Join us for food, shopping and fun until 8p.m. Also stop in to visit the other great vendors at the Market Arcade – Queen City Gallery, J. Christian Fashion & Sasmita Batik Indonesia!

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.