The grants come from a five-year, $5 million fund set up by Empire State Development as part of a $65 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund.
The store specializes in authentic African prepared foods, clothing and other imported items of cultural interest. It will also eventually offer cooking classes.
Community Services for Every1, together with Edgemere Development, wants to convert the academic building of the church into a mixed-use project for low-income residents.
An adult education program for East Side commercial building owners is taking applications for its tuition-free classes.
The Michigan Street Baptist Church, one of the anchors of the African-American Heritage Corridor, is poised to get some much-needed renovations. Empire State Development Corp., the state’s economic development arm, last week approved a grant of up to $900,000 to the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, which was formed in 2001 to protect and promote Buffalo’s oldest African-American church.