East Side Commercial Districts Program


Rendering of a project at 1385 Fillmore, which received funds through Round 1 of the program.

About East Side Commercial Districts Program

Up to $50,000 in grant assistance is available to commercial property owners in four commercial districts with buildings in need of exterior and interior repairs. ESD is working with district Local Program Administrators to administer the program and allocate $500,000 to each of the four target districts. Working with a LPA ensures decisions are made at a local level with oversight from the community non-profit.  Building owners are required to contribute 15% of the total project costs. 

Project Status

In September 2020, more than $1 million was awarded as part of the first round of grants being made through the East Side Commercial District Program. 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.  Awardees are listed here.  See renderings of several properties here.

**NEW: A Contractors Open House will be held on Friday, Oct. 23.  All contractors are welcome to learn about bid opportunities and the process to assist businesses on Jefferson, Bailey and Broadway/Fillmore avenues with enhancements of signage, facade improvements, awnings, painting, windows, roofing and more.  Learn more here.

Transforming the Corridors’ Business Districts

This $2 million program is creating an expanded building renovation program in four investment areas—Jefferson Avenue Commercial District, MLK Park Business District, Broadway Fillmore, and Kensington Bailey—to improve the business climate, combat vacancies, and contribute to the overall revitalization of the corridors.