BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A large private donation is helping local leaders put shovels into the ground in the construction of a community center in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods.
Dr. Daniel Alexander and his wife Gail Alexander committed a $1 million lead gift towards the creation of what will become the Seneca Babcock Community Center on Harrison Street on Buffalo’s east side.
Buffalo has already invested $600,000 to demolish and clean up the location, which will build over former Buffalo Public School 26, and the large investment will allow Ciminelli Real Estate to begin its work.
The Alexander family is ingrained in the Buffalo community; Daniel Alexander is a former Buffalo Fire Department Lieutenant who has developed an orthopedic surgeon practice and is the President and CEO of the Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center.
All together, the construction of the Seneca Babcock Community Center is expected to cost just over $6 million, with ground scheduled to break this summer.
The goal of the center is to provide children, adults and seniors a range of services, with programs for the adults, workforce development and financial management education. Children will get to enjoy a multi-purpose outdoor field and court for sporting events.
There will also be a computer lab, recording studio and Black Box Theater.