Historic buildings to be turned into lofts on Niagara Street

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Redevelopment of Buffalo’s crumbling infrastructure will take a turn to historic buildings on Niagara Street.

Officials unveiled on Tuesday plans for a group of structures, including a pre-Civil War era structure constructed in 1854. Leaders say the old nature of the buildings will pose challenges as they attempt to turn the structures into high-end lofts.

Funding for the project comes from a $21 million Niagara Street Streetscape project, which is an initiative to overhaul the corridor with new living spaces, bike lanes, lights and green space.

Officials say that funding gave the area a complete makeover, making it attractive to new residents.

“We also saw moving into this lower west side community and fixing up their home,” Jake Schneider, of Schneider Development, said. “A huge crime presence here not too long ago that thanks to our judicial system and police, was cleaned up.”

Planned prices for the new high-end lofts are slated to be between $925 and $1,750 per month. Of the 40 planned units, most have already been leased out.

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