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Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Request For Proposals - Queen City Pop-Up: Holiday Edition
October 1, 2014 - 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 holiday season. Deadline for pop-up application is October 8, 2014.
Mayor Brown and Buffalo Oldsted Parks Conservancy Applaud Prestigious National Planning Award For Delaware Park
October 1, 2014 - American Planning Association (APA) designated Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America; this designation puts Buffalo in the national spotlight again, building on the positive momentum that includes over $5 billion in new economic development activity
The American Planning Association (APA) today announced that Delaware Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, has earned the designation as one of its Great Places in America for 2014. Mayor Byron Brown, joined by members of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), applauded the selection of Delaware Park, one of Buffalo’s most treasured cultural assets. APA ‘Great Places in America’ program was launched in 2007 and represents the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
“We're honored that our historic Delaware Park is one of a select few parks in the country to be singled out by the American Planning Association as a Great Public Space,” said Mayor Brown, noting his administration’s over $35 million investment in parks citywide since 2006. “Our city’s sprawling network of parks, which includes Delaware Park, makes Buffalo a world-class destination to live, work and visit. And, through the City of Buffalo’s unique partnership with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, we will continue to ensure this park and parks citywide further succeed at a time when Buffalo enters a new era of opportunity that includes over $5 billion in new economic development activity and the creation of over 12,000 new jobs. I’m honored that the American Planning Association has recognized Buffalo’s Delaware Park as one of 10 Great Public Spaces in America for 2014.
”The City of Buffalo is a major partner of BOPC, contributing $1,200,000 annually for the reported total BOPC operating budget, along with additional parks personnel, city funding for critical infrastructure repairs, utilities and more. Approximately $20 million in capital funding has also been secured by the city since 2006 for improvements to the historic Olmsted system.
“The parks improve our quality of life,” said Kevin Kelly, Board Chair of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “Buffalo is going through an economic rebirth right now and we must thank Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo for their ongoing support. This national recognition from the APA represents what we can accomplish when we all work together.”
Each October during National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners. Read More...
Mayor Brown Announces The Recipients Of Cultural And Antiviolence Funding Awards
October 1, 2014 - $200,000 investment supports the promotion and expansion of the city’s dynamic cultural and antiviolence programming
Mayor Byron Brown today announced the awards for the Common Council and Mayor’s Cultural and Antiviolence Grant Funding Program. The $200,000 allocation will help further support 66 of the city’s dynamic cultural and antiviolence organizations, enabling them to continue or expand in order to ensure that city residents reap the benefits of enhanced programming.
Grant funding will be awarded to those organizations whose applications are deemed most meritorious, with the goal of maximizing positive community impact. Under no circumstances will an organization receive grant funding in an amount greater than $7,500.
“Cultural and anti-violence organizations enrich our entire city by their presence and hard work,” said Council President Darius Pridgen. “By continuing to further support the promotion and expansion of the city’s dynamic cultural and anti-violence programming, we will allow this good work to continue for the benefit of all city residents.”
In total, 66 eligible organizations submitted proposals to the City of Buffalo after Mayor Brown and the Common Council issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in June 2014. 48 cultural and 18 antiviolence organizations submitted applications. Upon extensive review, a panel unanimously decided to award some amount of funding to each eligible applicant. This funding award program is a competitive selection process; the work of each applicant is reviewed carefully by the panel each year.
Grant amounts were determined based on factors including, but not limited to, program budget information, the target community to be served and the need within that community for enhanced programming, the extent of the organization’s past collaborations with other non-profits, and the quality of the programming itself.
The cultural and antiviolence funding budget had previously been set at $200,000, as designated in this fiscal year’s adopted budget, and the panel was able to award the entire amount to highly qualified organizations. Individual grants ranged from $500 to $7,500 and will make a considerable difference in the programming efforts of these organizations, as evidenced by the outpouring of gratitude each organization demonstrated upon hearing of their grant awards.
Mayor Brown Announces Museum Day In Buffalo
September 16, 2014 -More than a dozen museums and cultural institutions in Buffalo will open their doors free of charge September 27th as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live!
Mayor Byron Brown, joined by members of the Buffalo Arts Commission and representatives from Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and participating museums and cultural organizations, gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall to announce that on Saturday, September 27, 2014, more than a dozen Buffalo area museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission to visitors who present a ‘Museum Day Live!’ ticket, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual ‘Museum Day Live!’ initiative. He also issued a proclamation, declaring September 27, 2014 as ‘Museum Day’ in the City of Buffalo.
Buffalo's Theater District Will Have A Brighter Look for Curtain Up As The $8 Million Main Street Makeover Of The 600 Block Nears Completion
September 16, 2014 - Mayor Brown and Congressman Higgins announce that with construction coming to an end on downtown’s 600 Block of Main Street in a month, vehicles roll yet another step closer to their return to this critical corridor; new decorative street lights on the 600 Block will brighten this week’s kick off to Buffalo’s theater season
Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the $8 million redevelopment of the 600 Block of Main Street is nearing completion - about one month away from the NFTA’s testing phase on this premier stretch of Main Street between Tupper and Chippewa streets in the city’s Theater District. This will be the first block that vehicular traffic will be returned to Main, with vehicles sharing the track bed with the Light Rail Rapid Transit (LRRT). As part of the project, new decorative street lights were also added on the 600 Block, brightening this stretch of Main Street just in time for the start of Buffalo’s new theater season.
“We’re another step closer to returning traffic to the 600 Block of Main Street for the first time in decades,” said Mayor Brown, noting that today’s announcement continues this week’s good news along this stretch of downtown Main Street where a major national movie theater chain is expected to move in as part of The Benchmark Group’s $8 million redevelopment plan for the Market Arcade Cinema Complex. “This is another important step in returning cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo, which has been one of my goals since taking office. It’s essential to link the dynamic development activity of the rapidly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus with the continuing growth of residential, cultural and commercial activity throughout downtown.”
“The transformation of Main Street is contributing to a different view of Downtown, a view that returns Main Street as the front door of the downtown core which once was seen primarily as a place for working, but today is increasingly a place for living, dining and entertainment,” said Congressman Higgins. “This project builds on the fundamental strategy that when you improve access and infrastructure, economic development and jobs follow.”
Buffalo’s downtown Main Street plays a vital role in Buffalo’s new era of opportunity. Returning vehicular traffic to this 10-block stretch of Main Street corrects what some viewed as an urban planning mistake from the 1980’s, ensuring that Buffalo continues to move forward, and grow into a healthy, vibrant downtown. Read More...
Benchmark Selected To Develop The Market Arcade Cinema Complex
September 11, 2014 - Mayor Brown applauds the nearly $9 million renovation that is expected to bring one of the largest theater chains in the United States to downtown Buffalo, along with digital format screens, luxury seating and new jobs
Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to announce today the selection of The Benchmark Group as the designated developer of the Market Arcade Cinema Complex. He also provided an update on Benchmark’s plan to bring AMC, one of the largest theater chains in the country, to Buffalo - along with eight screens updated to digital format for first run movies, luxury seating and more. The project also calls additional improvements, including updates to theater amenities, office space and theater facades, for a total estimated project cost of nearly $9 million“This theater will be the ‘best of the best’ and fits in perfectly with my vision to create a 24/7 live, work and play environment in downtown Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown, noting that today’s announcement fits in nicely with his goal of creating 1,300 new housing units downtown by 2018 to entice more people to live and purchase property in Buffalo. “I want to thank Benchmark for putting before us a remarkable proposal that will add to the momentum on the newly developed 600 Block of Main Street and bring tremendous economic impact to the community.”
“We are proud to be named the designated developer of the Market Arcade Cinema Complex,” said Steven J. Longo, Chief Operating Officer of The Benchmark Group. “This project will further enhance the current development on downtown Main Street and in the process create a destination attraction to draw hundreds of thousands of people to Buffalo.”
Since 2012, Buffalo has experienced over $4.5 billion in new economic development activity, providing the opportunity for the City and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) –which has subsidized the Market Arcade’s operation since 1991 with an initial investment of $4.5 million and an average yearly subsidy of $50,000 - to transition the property back to private ownership. Three development proposals were submitted after Mayor Brown and BURA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in March 2014, encouraging developers to put forth their best ideas to create something great for the Market Arcade Cinema Complex. The Benchmark Group, Signature and Nidus Development and Sinatra & Co. submitted proposals..Read More...
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