Great Deal for Preservation on the East Side

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 8:55 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 8:55 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKWB) - The East side of Buffalo is full of history.

"We're in the Cold Spring neighborhood about a block from Main Street and we're seeing a lot of development in this neighborhood," Executive Director Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture Tim Tielman said.

Development in the area is possible with the restoration of many old structures, including historic homes like the Emerson Place Row houses.

"Built in the late 19th century when row houses were more conspicuous in Buffalo. It's a real survivor," Tielman said.

Now, after years of dodging demolition, multiple units are on sale for a total price of just under $200 thousand. Teilman said the site is on the U.S National Register of Historic Places.

"They are landmarks so they qualify for tax credits," Tielman said.

Teilman said the buyer of the houses could receive funds through those tax credits to fix them up and that is the case for many buildings in the area.

"There's a new charter school and new houses in old factories. All around us here we have Victorian houses," Tielman said.

These hidden architectural gems, Teilman said, can help bring some of the luster back to the community. But he also said additional changes must be made to encourage further growth and improvement.

"The reason this is a hidden landmark is because it is surrounded by one way streets. That prevents people discovering this by happenstance or serendipity,' Tielman said.

Tielman said the process is slow and it takes a lot of capital. He said, even more importantly, restoration takes passion for Buffalo and preserving its rich history.