The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) owns 509 Michigan (google map). It's right next door to the Michigan Street Baptist Church and the Nash House is behind it. 509 Michigan is located in the middle of Buffalo's African American Heritage Corridor.
According to City records this mixed-use building, with a second floor apartment, is assessed for $20,000. It was purchased by BURA in 2005 for $350,000 from a private owner.
Since the opening of the Nash House in 2007, the completion of street improvements in the Heritage Corridor on Michigan Avenue and the more recent completion of renovations at the Michigan Street Baptist Church I thought 509 Michigan was next in line for renovations. I spotted this sun faded poster in the front window the other day.
I first photographed 509 Michigan in 2006 and have seen the deteriorating conditions of the building for the last six years. This is a building that must be saved. The City's Real Estate Division does not list the building for sale. There are no known plans for the building and under BURA's ownership the fate of the building remains unknown.