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More development emerging on West Side

rendering courtesy of Matthew Meier

Buffalo's West Side is now drawing multi-million dollar investments along Niagara Street.


Almost facing each other across Niagara Street, two projects have moved past the approval stage.

One is the conversion of an old electrical substation on the Niagara River side of the street into market rate housing; across the street,  an old industrial building is being repaired and expanded into affordable housing listed as at the corner of Niagara and Massachusetts.

"Niagara Street is getting a lot of investment right now," said  PUSH Buffalo Executive Director Aaron Bartley.
"I'll just say that from our mission, from our perspective, we want to make sure that there is a balance between that new investment that developers like Bill Paladino are bringing, with affordable housing developers."

Paladino's Ellicott Development is doing the electrical substation project while developer and architect Matthew Meier is doing the affordable housing. Both benefit from the investment the city is making in fixing up Niagara Street closer to Downtown. Bartley will be talking to both about jobs for neighborhood residents in construction and potentially in the new space.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.