As Mayor Byron W. Brown outlines a new set of initiatives Friday in his 2017 State of the City address, here's a status report on some initiatives outlined in his 2016 State of the City address:
*Provide land for a historic carousel to come to Canalside.
An agreement to sell city land to Canalside for $1 was signed. The site is near the Clinton's food stand on what's known as the Dunbar Block, bound by Main Street, Perry street and the Buffalo River. Funds are still being raised by other agencies to restore a historic carousel that is expected to be operating on that site in 2018.
*Bring a supermarket downtown.
Ciminelli Real Estate announced a mixed-use project at 201 Ellicott St. that will include Orchard Fresh, an urban-style grocery store run by Tops Markets. Plans have not yet been submitted to the city Planning Board.
*Take a more aggressive approach to abandoned housing.
The city convinced Albany to give its land bank the authority to make pre-emptive bids on behalf of the city at foreclosure auctions. As a result, Buffalo recently obtained 60 non-owner occupied houses that way, and plans to eventually re-sell the properties to owner-occupants, and also work to get the houses renovated.
*Bring additional investment in the Northland Corridor to bring more training and jobs to the city's East Side.
The city recently obtained another $1.9 million in state grants for the project, and is expected to announce soon dates to demolish, and begin rebuilding the site.
*Open the Beverly Gray Business Center to assist women and minority businesses on the city's East Side.
The city is in the process of identifying a property manager for the property.
*Movie theater downtown?
And from Brown's 2015 State of the City was an announcement that a movie theater would be reopening downtown. The city is still working on that deal.
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