Brendan Keany

Buffalo State Chosen as Dart Street Developer

"This provides an opportunity for the college to expand its footprint."

April 18, 2019 - 4:19 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Mayor Byron Brown was joined by Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner and other city officials Thursday morning to officially announce that the school has been chosen as the designated developer for the Dart Street Auto Impound site.

"The college is growing, and unlike many urban institutions of higher education, this provides an opportunity for the college to expand its footprint," said Brown. "I am very confident that, under the leadership of President Conway-Turner, that a reuse that will be attractive, fit into the fabric of the community and benefit the college's needs to expand will be found."

Conway-Turner echoed the sentiments of Brown, noting that there are very few chances for an urban-based campus to physically grow.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to really think carefully about the mission of our campus and how we can expand some of our facility needs and some of our needs for our campus here in this area," said Conway-Turner.

When asked what the initial plans for development may be, she replied that the college will go through an extensive process before that is determined.

"It's really a totally open process at this point," she began. "We're going to spend some time thinking about all of the capital needs that we have - the needs of the campus - and how they best connect with what's going on in the community."

The Auto Impound lot on Dart Street has served the city for more than two decades at the current site, but Brown says that it's time to move forward in a different direction. He also announced that the city released a request for proposals looking for a new Auto Impound operations site. Buffalo Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer said that the deadline for the proposals is May 23. 

"We want to move this process forward rather quickly so we can start working with a developer to create an impound site that meets our needs for many years to come," said Helfer. "We're seeking a minimum 10-year lease with an option to extend the lease or potentially purchase the property."

Listen to the full press conference below:

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