An expanded building renovation program in four investment areas designed to improve the business climate, combat vacancies, and contribute to the overall revitalization of the corridors.
TRANSFORMING THE CORRIDORS’ BUSINESS DISTRICTS
The East Side Commercial Districts Program (ESCDP) provides funding for building renovations in four investment areas—Jefferson Avenue Commercial District, MLK Park Business District, Broadway Fillmore, and Kensington Bailey. These investment areas were chosen because they represent traditional mixed-used commercial districts; there is demand from building owners; and an established nonprofit Local Program Administrator (LPA) has shown an ability to administer a targeted building renovation program.
The LPAs use funds to award matching capital grants to district building owners ensuring decisions are made at a local level with oversight from the community nonprofit. Each of the four investment areas receives additional funds to administer the program and hire an experienced consultant or staff member to assist with program administration. These funds ensure LPAs receive the capacity building and technical expertise necessary to establish a portfolio of solid projects that have the greatest impact on the commercial district.
Applications Are Now Open for Round 2 of the East Side Commercial Districts Program!
Applications are now open for the second round of the East Side Commercial Districts Program in the Broadway Fillmore, Jefferson, Kensington-Bailey and MLK Park commercial districts. Commercial properties located in targeted areas in these districts 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 three Local Program Administrators (listed below) to administer the program and allocate an additional $1 million to each of the four targeted districts.
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 at a program-wide information session on Tuesday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m. at PS 309 East Community High School, located at 820 Northampton Street in Buffalo. Click here for more information including how to access a virtual option.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 16, 2022 and are available at the links below.
Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services
Citizens’ Alliance, in partnership with the Black Chamber of Commerce
University District Community Development Association
WHY IT MATTERS
There is a need to expand neighborhood-serving businesses including retail, restaurants, and other services, and increase mixed-use opportunities along the corridors. At the same time, there is a desire to maintain the historic character of the buildings on the corridors and re-establish traditional walkable community business districts. Buildings along the corridors have a broad range of needs— from exterior façade renovations and interior improvements, to systems improvements and code compliance upgrades—that range in scale and cost. Additional funding will support building improvements, greater assistance for building owners, and improved capacity to market and implement the program.
FROM THE EAST SIDE COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS PROGRAM
LEARN ABOUT THE OTHER EAST SIDE AVENUES PROGRAMS
For more background, view the comprehensive East Side Plan.