Governor Cuomo Announces East Side Commercial District Program Awardees

September 3, 2020

More Than $1 Million Awarded to Aid 22 East Side Commercial Property Owners on Buffalo's East Side 

Funding Will Be Used For Repairs, Expansions And Facility Enhancements That Strengthen Four Commercial Districts

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $1 million has been awarded as part of the first round of grants being made through the East Side Commercial District Program, part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund. Twenty-two awardees will each receive up to $50,000 in funding for exterior and/or interior repairs to commercial properties located within four targeted commercial districts on Buffalo's East Side. See renderings of several properties here.   

"We have made targeted and strategic investments in Buffalo, generating economic growth across the region," Governor Cuomo said. "The East Side Commercial District Program is part and parcel of our comprehensive approach, revitalizing neighborhoods and fueling the transformation of the city."  

"Since the launch of the Buffalo Billion, we have made a commitment to ensure every neighborhood takes part in Buffalo's renaissance," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The East Side Commercial District Program is helping do just that by revitalizing and strengthening commercial corridors in Buffalo's East Side neighborhoods. For generations, we saw neglect and disinvestment in areas across the city, and these projects are improving quality of life and transforming communities as we build back better for the post-pandemic future."  

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "This funding couldn't come at a better time for these property and business owners who are dealing with the pandemic's financial fallout. Through the preservation of historic buildings and funding of capital improvements in four key East Side commercial corridors, the program will continue to expand opportunities for growth."  

Read the full press release here.