Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced the launch of a new loan program specifically for low-income homeowners in local historic districts Thursday.

Emyle Watkins

In between William Street and Broadway on Buffalo’s East Side, nestled among recently built housing units sits a ghost town. Broken glass, ripped out electrical boxes and debris litter the walkways leading up to the boarded up, red brick, three story housing units of Willert Park Court.

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Nominations opened Tuesday for the 2020 Preservation Awards. The annual honors recognize the region’s best historic preservation and education projects, as well as the community advocates who spearhead them.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He bought the building two years ago to spare it from the wrecking ball. Thursday morning, local developer Rocco Termini donated the property at 72 Sycamore Street, handing the deed over to Preservation Buffalo Niagara, which plans to revive the pre-Civil War structure for mixed use.

Buffalo Preservation Board

Across much of Buffalo, there are National Register historic districts with significant tax benefits for people who fix up their homes inside the district. That is not true for much of the city's East Side, but something is being done about that.

Joe Cascio

Though the units at Willert Park Courts have been vacant for a decade, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is taking steps which could restore the 1938 housing project. It's been placed among  the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States." According to Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Trust has placed over 300 sites on the list in 32 years. Only five percent of the sites have been lost.

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Two aging buildings at Sycamore and Michigan are coming before the city Preservation Board. Supporters seek landmark status for the structures as they work to expand on the connection to the city's African-American heritage.


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The Broadway-Fillmore area of Buffalo is a recognized historic district, with the benefits and controls brought by landmark certification. Preservationists are now shifting their focus to an adjacent area, the Memorial Triangle.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Some much needed repairs are on the way for the Buffalo Fire Department's Edward M. Cotter. At 118-years-old - it's the oldest active fireboat in the world and it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A three-year quest to gain Historic District status for a Buffalo East Side neighborhood has been fulfilled with the federal government joining in with local governments and approving the status. Now that the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood is officially a Historic District at the federal level, commercial and residential property owners there are eligible for a state and federal tax credit which can make restoration and rehabilitation of an older housing stock more affordable.


Buffalo Preservation Board

Live in a historic district but not sure what that means? Preservation Buffalo Niagara is holding an "Ins and Out of Historic Districts" free workshop Thursday evening 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services to explain the different types and how they may impact property owners.

Chris Caya WBFO News

New York state's current system for handing out Historic Tax Credits excludes more than 1,300 otherwise eligible homes in Buffalo. Assemblyman Sean Ryan says, it's an error that needs to be fixed.


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Broadway-Fillmore area residents had another chance Tuesday night to find out why - or why not - it makes sense to create a historic district in Buffalo's old Polonia.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The push is on to save a nearly 140-year-old building near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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The Federal Historic Tax Credit, which local economic development and preservation leaders say has made dozens of local projects possible, may be eliminated under the tax reform proposal put forth by the Trump Administration. Supporters of the tax credit, including one local congressman, say it's important to keep it alive.


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New research released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the city of Buffalo's older, smaller buildings and neighborhoods are "irreplaceable assets."


WBFO's Mike Desmond

It's almost ready. The $24 million adaptive re-use of an office building into a high-end boutique hotel, with the high-end-sounding, historic name bar: the Chez Ami. Hospitality entrepreneur Mark Croce showed off his soon-to-open Curtiss Hotel during a Preservation Buffalo Niagara tour Thursday evening.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The decades of fighting over development in the Elmwood Village haveoften  involved a group objecting to the plan of a developer for a particular piece of property. A new strategy, led by New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, proposes an alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for Elmwood and Forest avenues.

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A public meeting was held Wednesday night to discuss the idea of getting an area in the City of Buffalo listed as the Elmwood Historic District (east). If approved, that portion of the city would be placed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, providing benefits to area homeowners.

St. Ann's church given respite from wrecking ball

Aug 29, 2013
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St. Ann's, the 125-year-old Gothic-style Roman Catholic church located on Broadway, east of downtown Buffalo, is getting a second look.