New York Main Street Technical Assistance
The University District Community Development Association (UDCDA) was awarded a $20,000 Main Street Technical Assistance grant by New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The grant has allowed the UDCDA to retain the services of Clinton Brown Company Architecture to provide the following services:
- Development of design guidelines for a 9-block area of Main Street in Buffalo’s University Heights Area. Running from Englewood Avenue to LaSalle Avenue, this area constitutes the walkable heart of our community.
- Development of five (5) building rehab design concepts working directly property owners. These include renderings/visualizations based on design guideline recommendations and owner feedback, a preliminary scope of work, and project cost estimates.
Following the rehabilitation of the Parkside Candy Shoppe on Main Street thanks to a Buffalo Main Street Initiative grant, the UDCDA, saw the need to develop design guidelines for this stretch of Main Street to ensure that future rehabilitation work funded through programs like the New York Main Street or Buffalo Main Streets Initiative grants would preserve and honor Main Street’s early 20th century commercial building stock.
The Technical Assistance grant was an opportunity for the UDCDA to engage design and architectural professionals at Clinton Brown Company Architecture who could work directly with property owners to make this happen. Through the development of design guidelines for a 9-block are of Main Street (Englewood Ave to LaSalle Ave) as well as rehabilitation design concepts for five individual properties, owners will be able to better visualize the potential improvements that can be made, how they fit into a larger vision for the district, as well as understand the costs associated with these improvements.
The technical assistance process was a critical step in preparing the UDCDA as well as property owners to apply for more than $700,000 in grant funding through the New York State Main Street and Buffalo Main Streets Initiative grant programs in 2019.