Skip Navigation

  1. City Departments
  2. City Services
  3. Online Payments
  4. My Profile
    1. New User Registration
    2. Existing User Login
    3. Schedule Payment Instructions
  5. Meetings

Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > September 2014 > Brighter Look For Curtain Up

Brighter Look For Curtain Up


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

September 16, 2014– Today, 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. 

Construction on the 600 Block of Main Street began in late 2012, with a total project cost of about $8 million. 500 Block construction began in the fall of 2013 and continues - on schedule - for a total project cost of about $21 million. Both projects complement and continue the streetscape theme of the $2.2 million 700 block redevelopment project that brought immediate private sector investment when completed in 2009.

The 600 Block redevelopment included: the installation of new curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signals, on-street parking, Light Rail Rapid Transit (LRRT) station enhancement, and various landscaping improvements which includes trees, planters, benches and the like.