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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2011 Archives > October 2011 > Mayor Brown Announces Ceremonial Groundbreaking For Whites Livery Apartment

Mayor Brown Announces Ceremonial Groundbreaking For Whites Livery Apartments

Contact: Lorey Schultz
               480-9044

                    
City allocated 1.5 million to save this historic structure from emergency demolition, allowing the affordable housing project to move forward

West Side residents are about to see Buffalo’s past re-shape the future of this historic neighborhood.  Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown, West Side Neighboring Housing Services and Savarino Companies marked the beginning of a new era on Jersey Street as they broke ground at the White’s Livery Apartment project, a building once used as a livery stable.

“This is a real victory for the City, and members of the community who appealed to me to save the historic structure,” said Mayor Brown. “The City secured the funding needed to stabilize the neglected building when it started to collapse a few years ago, saving it from emergency demolition.”

The City spent more than $574,000 to stabilize the building after sections began to crumble in 2008.  These funds helped to save enough of the building so that it could be redeveloped.  The City then allocated, to the developer, an additional $1,089,986 to make this vital project happen.  The City also extended to the development a Pilot agreement, with the first annual payment equal to 3% of effective income.

This long awaited project is another example of the city’s continued investment in the restoration and re-use of historic buildings as a way to build the city, and attract new residents, in the process.

“Attendees of the National Preservation Conference left Buffalo this past weekend with glowing reviews about our City’s preservation efforts.” Mayor Brown said.  “The conference validates our efforts to save structures like this, and reinforced the importance of preservation to the future of Buffalo.”

White Brothers Livery Stables once served as boarding facilities for the horse drawn carriages of Buffalo’s wealthy.  Over time, the neglected property became an eyesore, crumbling into ruin. 

Mayor Brown praised Developer Sam Savarino as a champion on this project.  His passion and commitment to this neighborhood resulted in a useful re-use for the property.

Savarino plans to rehabilitate the remaining portion of the structure into 14 affordable Apartment Units, with first floor enclosed parking.  Completion of the 3.4 million dollar project is slated for September 2012.

Savarino said, “While there are many people and institutions that should be acknowledged for helping to bring the White’s Livery Apartments project to fruition it simply would not have been a project at all without the early support from the Mayor, and the commitment of City HOME funds, as a component part of the financing.”