12/03/2006

Library Re-use...

I've been wondering about the fate of the former North Jefferson Branch Library building for sometime. First mentioned it back here, May 2005 and linked to Bruce Jackson's Buffalo Report posting about what I still think was his incorrect assesment of the building's condition.

Walked on by the other day - after looking at various locations in Artspace's Backyard - with representatives from a consortium of colleges interested in locating a site for a hands on urban studies program. Was amazed that the tree branches from seven weeks ago are still piled high.
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Did just learn that something seems to be in the works for this site...
The Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation (BERC) is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide the Architectural Services necessary to prepare construction drawings for the interior and exterior renovation of 332 East Utica Street. This former public library is proposed to be converted into business incubator space for professional service businesses serving the Jefferson Avenue commercial district on Buffalo's East Side. The RFP is available at 920 City Hall, Buffalo New York 14202, between 8:30 AM and 4: 30 PM Monday through Friday or online at www.city-buffalo.com. Proposals are due to the BERC by Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 2: 00 PM. Proposals received after theabove cited time will be considered a late bid and will not be accepted.
Whatever's happening, or not - I'll be there checking things out...
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope you do "follow" this building. Such a lovely building. I remember going past it as I grew up on the then lovely, intact, pre-crash East Side just a few blocks from Jefferson and down Best.

I don't understand what the "Jefferson Business District," or whatever you called it, is, though, as I haven't seen much of anything on Jefferson for about forty years.

Michele J said...

As we have spoke of many times David.. This is my favorite city library..I hope to god they dont ruin it!