Business Development Initiatives

Empire State

East Side Commercial District Program (ESCDP) for Jefferson Avenue

Up to $50,000 available for commercial properties located on Bailey Avenue between LaSalle Avenue and Route 33.

 

The East Side Commercial District Program, a new initiative for the City of Buffalo as part of Governor Cuomo’s previously announced $50 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund (ESCEDF), through Empire State Development (ESD). The program will provide $2 million in funding to four business districts for building renovations for small businesses in some of the East Side’s most vital commercial corridors. Funding will help to revive traditional main streets and commercial corridors through the preservation of historic buildings, funding of capital improvements in neighborhood assets, and expansion of commercial opportunities in these neighborhoods.

Before and After Example

East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund

 As part of the ESCEDF, ESD established a $5 million East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund to help protect the character of the East Side of Buffalo by assuring that buildings with challenges will be maintained. The fund helps to build on the strong business activity that already exists to increase future business use on the East Side.

OPEN BIDS:

Please contact the office for an update and status

ALL BID DOCUMENTS should be sent to:

Sydney at c_alliance836@yahoo.com

261 East Ferry - Solo Eats

Pre-bid meeting held June 11    |    Bids due Friday August 20 at 5pm

1384 Jefferson - Mr. Love's Barbershop

Pre-bid meeting held July 9   |    Bids due Friday August 20 at 5pm

1343 Jefferson - Mike's Lounge

Pre-bid meeting held July 9   |    Bids due Friday August 20 at 5pm

1304 Jefferson - Cold Spring Market

Pre-bid meeting held August 4   |    Bids due Wednesday August 18 at 5pm

1453 Jefferson - Dexter Pharmacy

Pre-bid meeting held TBA   |    Bids due TBD

Notice to Bidder

Bid Submittal Form

Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York Partnership

Citizens Alliance Inc. (CAI) in partnership with the Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York (BCCWNY) has been selected to administer $500,000 in grants along the Jefferson business district from E. Ferry Street to Dodge St. CAI has been successfully administering several similar renovation grants and is looking forward to producing more wins for business development in the Hamlin Park community.

 

To learn more about Empire State Development’s East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, go here: https://buffalobillion.ny.gov/east-side-commercial-corridorsVisit the East Side Avenues website to learn more about the initiative and the investments being made in Buffalo’s East Side at www.eastsideavenues.org.

Are you a City of Buffalo licensed and insured contractor? MWBE or VOBE?

Send your company information to sydney@citizensallianceinc.org or call (716) 597-0262 to learn more about the program and stay updated on bidding opportunities.