Signs of rebirth in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood

Posted at 7:02 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 19:16:56-05

The Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood in Buffalo was once a thriving business district in the city, but decades of decline saw numerous residents leave and businesses closed.  However, there are now signs that the area is beginning to make a comeback.

Several small businesses have opened in areas near the Broadway Market with others planning to open in the future.

Mayor Byron Brown said the city's strategic investments in the neighborhood through the past several years are now sparking interest from private investors and entrepreneurs.

An influx of refugees and immigrants are also helping by purchasing and fixing up homes which continue to be much lower in price than other parts of Buffalo.

A new Buffalo Police substation is scheduled to open at the Broadway Market by Easter.  The City of Buffalo is also moving ahead with a multi-million dollar project to convert old Buffalo Public School 57 on Sears Street into affordable housing.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly spent the day talking to some business owners who found that taking a chance in Broadway-Fillmore is paying off.