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Nine Main Street buildings in Buffalo get state grants

Nine building projects on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street in Buffalo will share $262,500 in state grants to fix up facades and improve interior spaces, as part of the latest round of a program designed to spur downtown development in New York’s cities and towns.

The nine projects were selected by an advisory committee from among 14 applications to Buffalo Place for its current allocation from the New York Main Street program.

The funds will be provided after the work has been completed, so officials had to make sure the applicants had the financial ability to perform the job first.

“These are all projects that will have immediate impact this year in buildings that they’ve been granted to do work on Main Street,” said Debra Chernoff, manager of planning for Buffalo Place, the nonprofit downtown business improvement district.

The projects include:

• $50,000 for the 10-unit Alexandre Apartments at 510 Washington St.; $40,000 for 515 Main St.; $40,000 for The Antonio at 456 Main; $39,000 for The Hyatt Regency Buffalo at 540 Main; $39,000 for VIP Tix at 505 Main; $25,000 for 5-7 E. Genesee St.; $10,500 for the WNY Book Arts Center at 468 Washington St.; $10,000 for Carmina Woods Morris at 487 Main; and $9,000 for 501 Main St.

In other news from Buffalo Place:

• Work on the conversion of Pearl Street to two-way traffic is underway, with completion expected during the summer.

• The Queen City Pop-Up program will open for its latest round on May 5, at 517 Main St., in space donated by landlord Roger Trettel. It will last three months, through the end of July. To date, 14 businesses have participated in previous rounds, with eight opening permanent brick-and-mortar stores later – seven downtown and one on the West Side.

• The Downtown Country Market opens May 12, with 21 returning vendors and four new ones, including Duke’s Donuts.

• Officials are working with advertising agency Crowley Webb to design four new but related banner designs to hang along Main Street to promote downtown Buffalo.