Investing $180M in Buffalo's East Side


East Side Building Fund

The East Side Building Fund is a joint, consolidated fund that aims to assist in the community-driven revitalization of mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts on Buffalo’s East Side by providing capital grant funds for targeted building and associated site improvements such as stabilization measures, façade renovations and interior building upgrades to commercial and mixed-use buildings.

Community-Based Real Estate Development Training (CBREDT)

The project trains East Side building owners and community members to undertake commercial or mixed-use projects to ensure revitalization is driven by the community. The program features a free online course with interactive learning modules, three optional in-person experiential sessions and structured, hands-on pre-development coaching for select graduates.

Small Business Growth Initiative

Led by two trusted community-based nonprofit business and entrepreneur service organizations— The Exchange at Beverly Gray and The Foundry—the Small Business Growth Initiative is a three-year comprehensive effort that creates a dedicated support network for small businesses located on Buffalo’s East Side and beyond.


Anchor Investments

Northland Workforce Training Center

Northland Workforce Training Center (NWTC) is an industry-driven, public-private partnership between employers, educational institutions, community and faith-based organizations and state and local government focused on closing the skills gap of the local labor pool and creating economic on-ramps to training, co-ops, internships, apprenticeships, and permanent employment for Western New Yorkers seeking high-paying advanced manufacturing and energy careers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

The project restores the historic MLK Park greenhouses and ensures educational and workforce development opportunities in horticulture and park management.

Broadway Market

The Broadway Market will become a vibrant, competitive public market that will catalyze a healthy, diverse Broadway Fillmore neighborhood; increase business for existing Broadway Market vendors while fostering new food service entrepreneurs; and enhance local food system sustainability and community health.

Central Terminal

The project will restore the Central Terminal, one of Buffalo’s most iconic buildings, and increase community access by transforming it into a year-round, neighborhood, city and regional venue and better connecting it to the Broadway Fillmore business district to attract private investment and visitors to the area.

Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor

The project creates a cooperative operating and business model and coordinates capital improvements to build a unified tourist destination focused on the historic assets between William St. and Broadway—helping to tell the story of Buffalo’s contribution to African American history while attracting new visitors to the region.