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Clinton, Masiello Unveil Artspace Design

By Anthea Passmore

Buffalo, NY – US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Mayor Anthony Masiello yesterday to unveil design plans for the Buffalo Artspace project.

Making it as an artist may seem like an uphill struggle. It is difficult to concentrate on your art medium whilst at the same time struggling to pay the bills. The Buffalo Artspace project addresses both of these needs by creating "living and working" spaces. The historic Breitweiser Building on Main Street, with the help of Artspace Projects, Inc., is to be transformed into 60 low-income residential apartment units for local artists. Mayor Masiello says restoring buildings in Buffalo and assisting artists is a way to develop the city of Buffalo's assets.

"This particular project gives us an opportunity to build around our strengths and our assets," Masiello said. "For me, the arts and our arts community are a significant asset."

The $15.5 million project will consist of 36 units in the five story Breitweiser building plus 24 units on six new lots of vacant land immediately behind. The units are large and roomy to enable multipurpose uses by its resident. The project will also create ground floor commercial space for arts-compatible businesses.

Senator Clinton said that although Buffalo has a great reputation for the Arts there is always room for improvement.

"When 'American Style' magazine last year ranked Buffalo the fourth best arts destination in the nation, that says to me we need to be promoting and marketing ourselves," Clinton said. "We need to let the world know that not only are we the fourth best, we're going to move toward being the first best."

Monthly rents for the Artspace units will range between $450 to $895 including utilities. Construction for the Artspace project will begin in early 2006.