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998 Broadway to be Auctioned

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The former Kmart building at 998 Broadway has seen many proposals for reuse ever since the retailer left the location in 2002.  None, however, seem to be able to come to fruition.  Just last summer there was a proposal for a partnership with Erie Community College and a local church to use the space as training facility.  Now the building is set to be auctioned on 06/29/2013 through Cash Realty & Auctions.

It would be great to see something happen with the building to help bring more people to Broadway-Fillmore business district on a daily basis.  Aldi has helped filled some of the void with the property, but getting the Kmart building up and running again would be a huge win for the neighborhood.

To find out more about the auction, visit the auctioneer’s website:

http://www.cashauction.com/AUCTION-90-000-Sq-Ft-Building-a205285.php

 

 

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Video: Aldi @ 998 Opens

The Broadway-Fillmore business district got a boost last Thursday as Aldi opened.

From Mayor Byron Brown:

“We think that Aldi’s is going to do extremely well with the consumers in this community. We think that because they will attract more people to this neighborhood to shop, it will help the Broadway Market and all the vendors in the market.”

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998 Broadway About to get Another Huge Lift

First Aldi and now Buffalo’s most famous address is about to get another huge lift.

From Buffalo Business First:

Developers are close to signing a deal to transform the former Sattler’s Department Store site on Broadway into a $10 million urban technician training center.

The nonprofit St. John Baptist Fruit Belt Development Corp. is working with Erie Community College to create the Urban Academic Skills Industrial Technician Training Center at 998 Broadway, which most recently housed a Kmart store.

Plans call for building a 90,000-square-foot facility to house ECC’s automotive technician training classes and other vocational training programs.

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Groundbreaking is set for October and the project should be completed by 2014.  Ciminelli Real Estate Corp is also partner for the development.

This is a win for the B-F.  The capital investment will be the largest ever seen for a single project in the business district.  It will bring an influx of people on a daily basis.  The bringing back to life of the 998 site can only help surrounding businesses…including the Broadway Market.  Having ECC involved in some capacity in the neighborhood is great.  It will also give residents an opportunity to develop skills for good jobs.

A l i v e!

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Photos: 998 Broadway

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With work beginning on Aldi on the former Sattler’s site, I decided to stop by and shoot some pics.  To my surprise, the owners of the old Kmart building put a fresh coat of paint on the structure.   The building was looking a bit drab and the paint job along with the construction starting make the property look ALIVE.

It is my hope that Aldi will spur development in the old Kmart building along with the former Rite Aid on the site.

Only time will tell.

The photos include the Kmart building, Aldi construction, some old Sattler’s photos and the former Rite Aid.

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WBFO Audio: Gearing up for Aldi’s in Broadway Fillmore


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Eileen Buckley (2011-08-17) – Buffalo’s city Planning Board has given the thumbs up to build an Aldi’s Supermarket across from the Broadway Market.

The board voted five to one Tuesday in favor of the $1.1 million project at 998 Broadway.

Mayor Bryon Brown said he fully supports an Aldi’s in the Broadway Fillmore District.

At one time, 998 Broadway was a well known place to shop. It was former the site of Sattler’s, one of the largest department stores in the City in the 1950’s. It more recent years it was home to a Kmart.

Now Aldi’s wants to construct its discount food store at the vacant address.

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