Revitalization of Buffalo is in full swing: Canalside, Larkinville, and Silo City are all great examples of how Buffalo is being reborn commercially. These areas have brought visitors and workers back into the city and given rise to wonderful bars, restaurants, and businesses. A new project, Bailey Green, is looking to go above and beyond these other endeavors by revitalizing an East Side neighborhood with not only new businesses and landscaping, but also new homes, greenhouses and community gardens, soccer pitches, a career training center, and a park.
The focus area of Bailey Green lies between Bailey and Leslie Street, reaching between Genesee and Scajaquada streets. Harmac Medical Products has spearheaded this ambitious project by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, Algonquin Sports for Kids and Urban Fruits & Veggies and others.
Plans for the neighborhood include:
• Five ranch-style homes by Habit for Humanity Buffalo.
• Eight four-unit apartments, to be called Cynthia Gardens, on four streets, built by Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a non-profit that builds affordable housing.
• Two greenhouses, a community garden, a fruit orchard and cafe on Zenner Street by Urban Fruits & Veggies.
• Two acres of vegetable fields by Groundwork Market Garden.
• Two mini-soccer pitches for area youngsters.
• A carpentry training center by artist and architect Dennis Maher, with Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Innovation Lab.
If this project wasn’t impressive enough, Bailey Green has been named a finalist in the 53rdAnnual International Making Cities More Livable (IMCL) Design Competition being held in Rome, Italy in June. Past IMCL Awardees include Freiburg Germany, Portland Oregon and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
Below is a map of Bailey Green and a rendering of the new cafe:
More information about Bailey Green can be found below: