Here a few pics that show some more of the site work and how the grounds surrounding the Jesse Nash House and Buffalo's latest historic district are shaping up. Benches, walk ways, gardens, historic markers, period street lighting and these cool new medallions are part of the sidewalk planter boxes.
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Loran Bommer, an excellent real estate attorney has moved his law practice into the former police station to 485 Michigan Avenue. He's way ahead of things as downtown back office support work has no where to go but east onto Michigan. I learned the other day that the fomer Spaghetti Warehouse is ready to go condo. Adding to the new mix of loft and apartment space downtown. No matter what you might think of the new Casino, the only way to get there is by driving down Michigan Avenue. Think Starbucks or Tim Hortons coming to Michigan Avenue real soon.
There's not much yet on the Internet about the important development involving this new historic district and its relation to the civil rights movement and Buffalo's historical development. After speaking with a representative here the other day I was told the website is still being developed. There is an important link about the Niagara Movement and information about an upcoming lecture at the Erie County Historical Society that will be of interest.
Thursday, January 26, 2006Lecture: J. Edward Nash and the Michigan Avenue Baptist ChurchTime: 6:00 p.m.Location: Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society25 Nottingham Court, BuffaloIn Session VI of What Price Freedom? The Centennial Celebration of the Niagara Movement in Buffalo, New York, Felix Armfield, associate professor, History and Social Studies Education, Buffalo State, and Executive Director of the Nash House and Museum, will discuss Reverend J.E. Nash's prominence during the first half of the twentieth century. Jesse Nash, professor emeritus, Canisius College, will share his experiences growing up in the Nash home.
While checking out the site I quickly noticed that Dr. Felix Armfield from the Buffalo State College History Dept. has been pivotal in getting this historic district together and also Professor Kim Pearson from the College of New Jersey. The only Niagara Movemnet Board member with a blog. Check out her blog, right here.
Further up Michigan near Dodge Street, and right behind the developing Mid-Town and Artspace neighborhoods, local developer Rocco Termini is building a couple dozen single family "in-fill" homes. Here's some early Termini that is still standing over on Emslie and of course we all know about the Ellicott Lofts, the more mature Termini.