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.
A onetime "house of ill-repute" on Sycamore Street that dates back more than 150 years will soon come back to life as affordable housing.
A historic Fruit Belt house that served as a brothel in its early years dating back to 1848 may be welcoming people through its doors once again – only this time, as tenants in affordable housing apartments.
The Cottage Street house is one of five rental properties owned by Charles J. Dobucki that have been the subject of intense hand-wringing by preservationists, neighbors and the city for years.
Under their plan, buildings could be placed in a court-appointed receivership, with Preservation Buffalo Niagara in control.
The city's interpretation of the preservation ordinance allows a developer to develop a property 30 days after applying for a permit.
Preservationists and city officials are calling for intervention for some deteriorating canal-era structures in the Cobblestone District.
A state lawmaker and a leading local preservationist on Monday reiterated their call for the city to change its policies related to demolition…