2019 Preservation Awards

We’re excited to announce the winners of the 2019 Preservation Awards, which will be celebrated on May 16th at One Seneca Tower. You can read more about the winning projects, visit our Preservation Awards page, and then make sure to purchase your tickets!

PBN’s Comments on Erie County’s Convention Center Market and Feasibility Analysis

PBN recently submitted comments on Erie County’s Convention Center feasibility study. Read our letter below detailing our strong opposition to the expanded BNCC site.


Memorial Triangle Letter

UPDATE #3: At the January 15, 2019 Legislation Committee meeting, the Common Council allowed PBN the opportunity to speak but then tabled the item to allow for a resolution to be drafted. While PBN is working with the City on the resolution, please scroll down and use the form below to email Council President Pridgen and Council Member Franczyk asking them to join us in supporting this important issue.

UPDATE #2: On January 15, 2019 the Common Council’s Legislation Committee will discuss the Preservation Board’s request for a demolition moratorium. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

You can show your support two ways:
1. By joining us TODAY, Tuesday January 15th at 1pm in the Common Council Chambers (13th Floor of City Hall) to speak in support of the moratorium
2. Use the form below to email Council President Pridgen and Council Member Franczyk asking them to join us in supporting this important issue.

UPDATE #1: At their December 20, 2018 meeting, the Buffalo Preservation Board not only voted to recommend the denial of the demolition permit for 35 Concord Street but they also voted to send a letter to Common Council supporting a demolition moratorium for the Memorial Triangle, the area bounded by Memorial Drive, Paderewski Drive, and Curtiss Street. Thank you so much to the Preservation Board for your support in this request! Click here to read the Preservation Board’s letter.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara calls for a demolition moratorium in the Memorial Triangle section of the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood until such time as its historic resources can be more thoroughly evaluated and protected. You can read our letter here.


Broadway Fillmore Historic District Eligible for Preservation Incentives

Buffalo, N.Y., November 19, 2018:  Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN), Historic East Side Neighborhood Initiative (HESNI), and Buffalo Common Councilmember David Franczyk are thrilled to announce that the National Park Service has certified the Broadway-Fillmore Historic District, making homeowners and commercial property owners now eligible to access State and Federal tax credits. This certification is the result of three years of planning and community meetings to secure designation of the historic district, for the 244 properties along the Broadway Fillmore corridor.

State and Federal historic tax credits have led to levels of investment over the last decade in Buffalo’s built environment not seen since before the population decline beginning in the 1960s. And since the State added its tax credit program to the Federal program, commercial property owners in New York State have led the nation in their use of the historic tax credit, generating 18,000 jobs and over a billion dollars in new investment in our historic structures, much of which has occurred in Buffalo.  New York State also has a tax credit program for homeowners living in income-eligible census tracts that has been utilized by nearly 600 homeowners so far – the most of any part of the State!

Jim Serafin, President of HESNI commented: “When we selected this as our top priority project in 2015, we had no idea that it would lead to such spectacular results. With the expertise of PBN and the Historic Resources Survey prepared by Preservation Studios we were ready to approach New York State. I can’t wait to see what the next five years will look like as we bring back the neighborhood, I grew up in.”

Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, commented: “We know that preservation is an important tool in stabilizing communities and giving neighborhoods control over their futures.  PBN has been proud to help create the first neighborhood-scale historic district in Buffalo in nearly twenty years and will continue to work closely with the neighborhood to make sure implementation goes smoothly and that everyone understands the opportunities and responsibilities of owning property in this historic district.”

Fillmore District Council Member David Franczyk added:  “Broadway Fillmore residents have long been proud of their neighborhood, and now we have an important new tool to help this community make the critical investments needed to create a strong future.”

“The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has been thrilled to collaborate with Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the city of Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning, and the residents of this historic neighborhood on this great achievement,” said Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation.  “The Historic Tax Credit programs have developed into one of the state’s signature economic development and neighborhood stabilization programs.  We are proud to offer incentives that are making an impact in Western New York and look forward to working with the property owners in the Broadway Fillmore historic district.”

Groups such as Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services (BFNHS) and Fillmore Forward also championed the creation of this district and will be helpful in ensuring that all homeowners are able to benefit from these newly available incentives.

Steve Karnath, Executive Director of Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services said: “We have supported this effort because we believe it will support our work to help homeowners build generational wealth through homeownership and will give us another tool for allowing people to make important updates to their homes.  We will continue to work with PBN to bring these benefits to everyone.”

PBN and our community partners will be hosting a community meeting to celebrate the Broadway-Fillmore Historic District and to explain how to take advantage of the tax credits and other preservation incentives on Saturday, January 12, 2019. All community members are invited to attend and further details about the event will be announced soon.

Outer Harbor Cultural Landscape Report

As part of the Our Outer Harbor Coalition, PBN joined fellow coalition members for a public meeting on October 29, 2018 to announce the release of the Outer Harbor Cultural Landscape Report and to get other important updates ahead of the November 19th Erie Canal harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) public meeting.

The Cultural Landscape Report titled The Buffalo New York Outer Harbor as a Cultural Landscapehas been completed by kta preservation specialists. The report details and creates an overview of how the Buffalo Outer Harbor region, once a pristine wetland area, has been developed and used by people, including industry, commerce, recreation, and shoreline modification.

You can find the Complete Cultural Landscape report here: https://goo.gl/cm4oY4 


You can also see new coverage of the October 29th public meeting here:

WGRZ: Activists hope new “Cultural Landscape” report will preserve Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

WIVB: Activists hope report will convince state to preserve Outer Harbor

Spectrum: What is in store for the Buffalo Outer Harbor

WBFO: New report highlights ‘cultural significance’ of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

Next steps? The ECHDC, the state agency which owns and is in control of development of most of the outer harbor properties that are public, is in the process of creating a master plan and will make substantial proposals for the next steps at it’s next “public input meeting” scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Lexus Club inside the KeyBank Center. At that meeting the ECHDC will present 3 site plan options for First Buffalo River Marina, Wilkeson Pointe to the Bell Slip, and Terminal B. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the options, provide feedback, and respond to a survey (which will also be available online).


Take a survey on the Elmwood Village!

Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Elmwood Village Association have teamed up to bring the National Main Street Center to Elmwood to develop tools and strategies to strengthen the Elmwood Avenue commercial district.  As a first step in this process we want your input – how do you use Elmwood, how do you get there, what opportunities and challenges do you see for the future?  Help us in this important work by taking this quick survey.  Your responses will be confidential, but the aggregated results will be made available to the entire community in our ongoing efforts to ensure transparency in the process.

Questions? Contact Olivia at ocammisa-frost@pbnsaves.org.

National Main Street Center to do market analysis of Elmwood Village

This morning Preservation Buffalo Niagara & the Elmwood Village Association announced the kick off of a market analysis and commercial district planning process to be conducted by the National Main Street Center through its UrbanMain program.The plan will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the Elmwood commercial district’s assets and build a framework for moving forward.

Joining us at the press conference today were Assembly member Sean M. Ryan and Buffalo Common Council Member David A. Rivera, who provided funding for the study, as well as State Senator Chris Jacobs and Common Council Member Joel Feroleto.

Recently, the Preservation Green Lab did an analysis of Buffalo and found that areas of older, smaller, more character-rich building stock, including the Elmwood Village, have 72% greater population density than the City as a whole, and nearly 70% more women and minority-owned businesses than the City as a whole.  Thanks to this strength and diversity, Elmwood Avenue has received many accolades and honors over the years, and this has led to an increase in interest from investors in the area.  While that attention can be positive, in some instances, it can threaten the very qualities that have led to the community’s success.  In the last twenty four months, fifteen contributing buildings on the National Register have been lost, and there are plans and proposals to potentially remove a dozen more.  The challenge for the Elmwood Village at this point in its development is how to allow the community to evolve and strengthen its core shopping district, without losing the very things that have made it the popular, vibrant place that is has traditionally been.

PBN is thrilled to be able to support the community at this time by bringing in the National Main Street Center, and its UrbanMain program, which will bring national expertise to bear on the distinct opportunities and challenges of the Elmwood Village by utilizing a set of community-driven economic development tools and services aimed at encouraging sustainable growth while preserving local history and culture.

Over the next two months, consultants from the National Main Street Center will collect and analyze market analysis data, survey community members, and meet with stakeholders. The Elmwood Village Association and Preservation Buffalo Niagara will jointly host a community-wide meeting in early October.  Work will continue through the fall and winter, with final recommendations expected in January.  Final recommendations will be shared with the community in another public forum.

To learn more click here to read the full press release