Grant Goes to Fixing Up Statler City

July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Statler City is getting closer to receiving a much needed facelift.

The historical landmark has been deteriorating for years. The City of Buffalo has received a grant to reimburse the Buffalo Development Corporation for repairs to State City's facade.

Developer Mark Croce says the group also wants to restore the first level storefront to bring in retail and restaurants.