East Side Avenues
East Side Avenues funds the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation for the development of a plan for the site’s future and for the creation of a robust organization that will guide capital improvements and improve connection to the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood.
The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation is honored to be part of East Side Avenues. The grant award is from the East Side Collaborative Fund administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The pooled fund was created through a unique partnership of private and philanthropic organizations to complement capital funding that is being awarded by Empire State Development (ESD) as part of its $65 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund (ESCEDF), which is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion II initiative.
The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation is honored to be part of East Side Avenues. East Side Avenues is a capacity building initiative developed to fund, plan and coordinate revitalization strategies and initiatives aimed at improving economic conditions in four main commercial corridors on Buffalo’s East Side. It is backed by a unique partnership of private and philanthropic organizations that created the pooled, $8 million East Side Collaborative Fund administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The grants and supports are being provided to complement capital funding that is being awarded by Empire State Development (ESD) as part of its $65 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund (ESCEDF), which is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion II initiative.
East Side Avenues stemmed from UB Regional Institute’s (UBRI) partnership with ESD and The City of Buffalo to reach out to community members, to listen, analyze past investments and create a comprehensive plan focused on what key stakeholders said they’d like to see happen and what projects they believe are important for promoting economic activity.
East Side Avenues is being led by a Project Implementation Team (PIT) from UBRI that will work to build organizational capacity by ensuring appropriate supports such as infrastructure, staff and funding are in place; assisting with strategic planning, program design and problem solving; reporting on progress and ensuring responsible use of resources. UBRI is the research enterprise of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. Learn more about East Side Avenues at www.eastsideavenues.org.
2019 Electric and Solar Power, and Lighting Initiative
In 2018, a $250,000 grant from Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes helped return commercial grade power to the building for the first time since the Central Terminal was decommissioned as an active train station in 1979, while generous donations from M&T Bank and Harter Secrest & Emery LLP and funding from Common Council Member David Franczyk helped install LED lighting to the outside of the Central Terminal’s iconic tower, and solar panels on the roof.
The Buffalo Central Terminal relies on generous partners and community leaders to help push forward our ongoing restoration efforts. For more information about opportunities to support the Buffalo Central Terminal, please contact our Executive Director at 716-754-6142.