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City Hallways (July 11): North Buffalo is on the move

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In case you haven't heard, the much-anticipated Lexington Co-op Market will open its new Hertel Avenue location at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

There will be a ribbon-cutting at 6:55 a.m., right before the doors open to the public for business.

Just for perks, the first 100 customers will receive a mug at the checkout counter that will entitle them to free coffee for a year.

Who couldn't use a free cup of java in the morning?

Speaking of North Buffalo

Alas! The cute little brick building at the corner of Delaware and Hertel avenues will live again.

It was once the bustling home of the North Park Branch Library, but was shuttered almost 10 years ago because of asbestos and lead concerns.

Since then, the city has been trying to figure out what to do with the building.

Well, it looks like they've found the answer. Mayor Byron Brown and Delaware Council Member Joel P. Feroleto announced Monday that the Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo will open an Italian American Cultural Center that all Buffalonians will have access to.

The $1 million center is expected to open next year.

Speaking of North Buffalo again

So last week, City Hallways wrote about the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performing in North Buffalo. It was the first time that the BPO performed a free concert in North Buffalo, said Delaware Council Member Joel P. Feroleto.

We hear the show went off without a hitch. Billed as a family-friendly event, about 2,000 adults and children showed up, many of them from the neighborhood, said Feroleto, who sponsored the activity.

What's more, there weren't any noise or traffic complaints.

The event was so successful that the BPO is planning to return to North Buffalo in future summers.

"It was incredible. It was definitely a family event," Feroleto said.

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