downtown renovations

A Buffalo landmark re-opened yesterday with a street party and a lot of beer. It may not have been the beer Ulrich's Tavern sold when it opened 146 years ago, but much of it was local, fitting for a neighborhood that was once known for its breweries.

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An advisory group looking at strategies for rejuvenating the state’s ‘legacy cities’ says collaboration and coordination with the governor's Regional Economic Development Councils are crucial for upstate cities dealing with declining populations and job opportunities.

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National Grid is putting millions of dollars into a city program to renovate old buildings for new uses.

The cash from National Grid was announced during a news conference yesterday in the Genesee Gateway complex of mostly rehabbed-buildings.

Office space in the complex is gradually filling up and work on apartments is starting, more living space in a Downtown which seems able to absorb more and more residents.

Mayor Brown says the 1,000 housing units opened in very recent years are making Downtown the fastest growing neighborhood in the city.