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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > October 2008 > Mayor Brown Recommends Designated Developer Status For PUSH Buffalo, Inc.

Mayor Brown Recommends Designated Developer Status For PUSH Buffalo, Inc.

Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications

 Designation Would Place Group as Redeveloper for Two Vacant Massachusetts Avenue Properties

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced his recommendation to the Buffalo Common Council that PUSH Buffalo, Inc. be granted designation as the redeveloper of 397 and 398 Massachusetts Avenue, two vacant City of Buffalo properties.

“My Administration has always been committed to improving our residents’ quality of life, which includes stabilizing our residential neighborhoods and removing blight,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m pleased to recommend the designated developer status for PUSH Buffalo Inc. for these two properties and I look forward to further collaborations that will help us rehabilitate other structures in the West Side and elsewhere in the city.”

In addition to the 5 in 5 Demolition Plan, the Mayor today unveiled a plan to rehabilitate 500 residential units over the next five years. Under this new plan, the Mayor has called for establishing a goal of 50% of the jobs on these rehab projects going to local residents.

In August 2007, Mayor Brown launched the 5-year 5 in 5 demolition plan, which was created to accelerate the removal of blighted properties that are harmful to the stability of city neighborhoods.

“PUSH is proud to enter into this community-public partnership with the City of Buffalo and looks forward to helping to meet our shared goal of facilitating the rehabilitation of 500 units over 5 years in our neighborhoods,” said Aaron Bartley, Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo, Inc. “PUSH looks forward to partnering with Mayor Brown’s Administration to transform Massachusetts Avenue from one of the most blighted districts on the West Side to a beacon of hope in our neighborhood.”

With this recommendation to the Common Council, Mayor Brown has indicated his interest in working with PUSH to rebuild the core district along Massachusetts Avenue. By granting designated developer status for these two properties, the city has committed to working with PUSH to develop the properties just as it would with any nonprofit developer, which could include applications for CDBG, HOME or RestoreNY for gap funding for the project.

PUSH will accept responsibility for helping to turn around Massachusetts corridor by taking on 397 and 398 as well as future city-owned properties in that immediate vicinity.

“It is my hope that this partnership will serve as an example of what positive collaboration and well-planned reinvestment in a strategic neighborhood can bring to the city,” said Mayor Brown. ”Our shared goal is to provide a better quality of life for residents, employment opportunities in the revitalization process and strengthening our tax base.”

Aaron Bartley added, “PUSH and the City have both recognized the value and importance of providing employment opportunities to people living in our neighborhoods, that's why we're both committed to reaching a goal of hiring urban residents for 50% of the jobs on neighborhood reinvestment projects.”