Several projects are in the works along Main Street in downtown Buffalo. That's the cover story in today's Business First: Investing in Main St.
The report takes a look at the new development as investors show interest in long-ignored buildings. The report says cars are driving development. $25 million has been spent so far on "Cars Sharing Main Street." Buffalo Place officials say they are "redoing a wrong that took place 30 years ago." The goal is to make main street "development and investor ready." Expect to see a mini grocery store, new restaurants, a new coffee house and more in coming months.
Meanwhile, WNY is losing the Everywoman Opportunity Center, which helps women become self sufficient. It will close at the end of the year, due to ongoing state funding cuts. A report in today's Business First says state funding dropped from $5.3 million a few years ago to just $540,000, with resources split among 21 centers statewide. Now there is concern that the shutdown will strain other nonprofits in WNY and make it hard for women to find services.
You can read more about the stories in today's Business First or find them online at http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/