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Proposed Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute moves forward with $725K state grant

A rendering of the proposed Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute.
Hispanic Cultural Council
A rendering of the proposed Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute.

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced over $26 million awarded to support 27 priority projects across New York State through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, including in Buffalo.

This year, $150 million in grant funds from Empire State Development was made available to support the immediate needs of applicants. In Western New York, the proposed new Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute is getting a $725,000 ESD grant.

The Institute will be a new 32,000-square-foot infill development on Niagara and Hudson streets in Buffalo that will celebrate the region's Hispanic arts and culture, and serve as a central hub for the community. The mixed-use facility will include theater and events spaces, classrooms and learning labs, a media center and offices for the Hispanic Heritage Council.

The application for traditional ESD grant funds remains open, and applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.