East Side Commercial District Program in the Kensington-Bailey District

Applications Now Open for Round 2 of the East Side Commercial District Program in the Kensington-Bailey District!

Applications are now open for the second round of the East Side Commercial District Program (ESCDP) in the Ken-Bailey District. Commercial properties located on Bailey between Winspear and Rt. 33 are eligible for New York State grant funding to complete renovations to commercial and mixed-use properties.

Empire State Development (ESD), the state’s chief economic development agency, is working with the UDCDA to administer the program and allocate an additional $1 million to Kensington-Bailey. Since April 2020, the UDCDA has been successful in administering Round 1 of ESCDP, as well as several similar renovation grants and is looking forward to producing more wins for business development in the Kensington-Bailey District.

Round 2 program guidelines have been revised from Round 1 to allow for up to $100,000 in grant assistance to commercial property owners with buildings in need of exterior and interior repairs and are inclusive of architecture/engineering support and a contingency fund. Building owners are required to contribute 10% of the total project costs.

Interested in applying and want to learn more about the program?

Please join ESD and the other ESCDP Local Program Administrators (LPAs) at a program-wide information session on Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30 p.m. at PS 309 East Community High School, located at 820 Northampton Street in Buffalo. There will also be a virtual option.

Please RSVP here and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

See here for Information Session Flier.

We will also be hosting a Kensington Bailey-specific information session on Wednesday, August 17th at 5:30pm at our office located at 995 Kensington Avenue in Buffalo. Please contact Essence Sweat at if you’d like to attend.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 16, 2022.

Applications are available here and at 995 Kensington Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215.

You can email your application to or drop off your application 995 Kensington Avenue.

Contact Essence Sweat at or at 716-832-1010 ext. 202 with any questions you have about applying!

About the East Side Commercial District Program

The East Side Commercial District Program is an initiative for the City of Buffalo as part of the East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund (ESCEDF), through Empire State Development (ESD).  This program is creating an expanded building renovation program in four investment areas—Jefferson Avenue Commercial District, MLK Park Business District, Broadway Fillmore, and Kensington Bailey—to improve the business climate, combat commercial vacancies, and contribute to the corridors’ overall revitalization. Funding will help to revive traditional main streets and commercial corridors through the preservation of historic buildings, funding of capital improvements in neighborhood assets, and expansion of commercial opportunities in these neighborhoods.

To learn more about Empire State Development’s East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, visit

To learn more about the East Side Commercial District Program, visit

Visit the East Side Avenues website to learn more about the initiative and the investments being made in Buffalo’s East Side. Go to


Eastside Avenues Annual Report Now Available!

We’re pleased to share the East Side Avenues 2019-2020 Annual Report. It’s filled with program milestones and outcomes, stories of people who live and work on the East Side, and lessons learned during East Side Avenues’ start-up year. Be sure to click on the links to videos in the image below!


Are you a City of Buffalo licensed and insured contractor?

Send your company information to Essence Sweat at or call 716-832-1010 ext 202 to learn more about the program and stay updated on bidding opportunities.


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