Women in Leadership honoree is rehabbing Buffalo

Dedicated to turning around vacant homes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - January's Women in Leadership honoree is turning around Buffalo, one vacant house at a time.

Bernice Radle discovered her true love of Buffalo after she moved to California. It helped this Western New York native realize it had all the characteristics she was looking for: affordability and walkability.

Radle returned to the Queen City to study urban planning, started working for an energy efficiency company and became determined to save Buffalo's historic buildings that were often falling into disrepair.

"I feel old buildings have soul," said Radle.

In 2012, she and her husband Jason formed Buffalove Development. They buy up dollar houses and renovate them, doing a lot of the work themselves. Their efforts even caught the attention of HGTV.

Now Radle and her husband will appear in a new show called "American Rehab Buffalo" that airs on the Home Improvement Network this spring.

Radle has more projects scheduled this year. Buffalove Development plans to renovate two vacant houses on Buffalo's Westside.

"Strong, stable neighborhoods. They are what make a city really great," said Radle.

7 Eyewitness News teamed up with New York State Women Incorporated Buffalo Niagara Chapter for this report.

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