Livening Up the "Dead Zone"

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

A so-called "dead zone" in North Buffalo may be on the way to revitalization.

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - There are two projects in the works to liven up an area of the Queen City that would connect the Elmwood Village to North Buffalo.

Local Developer Rocco Termini is proposing to renovate the FWS building on Elmwood Avenue. He said this is just a start to the revitalization of the area and part of a bigger plan. This $16 million project will be presented to the Buffalo Planning Board on January 15th.

This plan includes a 90,000 square foot, multi-story building, which will be anchored by 35 apartments. On the first floor, there will be a distillery and restaurant. Termini plans to name the complex the "Distillery Lofts". There will also be some extras in the building, including a 3,000 square foot courtyard that will become the centerpiece for the restaurant.

The second project is a new Wal-Mart. The store is working to close a deal at Elmwood and Hertel Avenue. This project is only in the beginning stages but it already has people up in arms. They are concerned that the retail giant will take business away from the local mom and pop shops in the Elmwood Village.

In the meantime, Termini is working to have the FWS proposal approved as soon as possible. He plans to begin construction later this year.