A husband-and-wife team with a specialty clothing and accessories boutique store on Hertel Avenue is expanding into a broader "industrial artisan" workspace on Military Road, using a $25,000 grant it received as a finalist in the Ignite Buffalo competition in early July.
Jodi Drew and Christopher Galley, owners of Spoke & Dagger Co. at 1434 Hertel, want to relocate to a building at 26 Military where they can maintain their two-year-old motorcycle-themed retail business while also adding a coffee shop and artisan workspace for the community.
They plan to provide tools and equipment for people to "come in and work on their own projects," Drew told the Buffalo Planning Board, which recommended that the Common Council approve the couple's request for a special-use permit. They also will offer a series of educational and training courses on various trades, such as welding, particularly for women and youth, to encourage them to develop such skills.
"We have done a few of those in our current space, but this allows us to do much more," Drew said. "We want to introduce trades back into the community."
The second floor will be used for artist studios, incubator space for designers and community meetings or workshops.
Drew noted that the building's history as the former Public School 42 made it especially attractive for their purposes, which will also include restoration of the century-old building's original tile and brick.
"We want to bring back the history of the building and bring it back to the educational roots," she said.
Separately, the Planning Board also:
- Approved a revision to the Family Dollar store project at 1029 Clinton St., allowing developer Durban Group to take the contaminated soil that it removed from the site and use it to build a 14-foot berm at one end of the property rather than incurring significant costs for carting it away.
- Gave final approval to a plan by Jesse Hawker of East Amherst to build a five-unit apartment house at 295 Linwood Ave.