In order to encourage further development in downtown Buffalo, BUDC has released an RFP for the third round of funding through the Buffalo Building Reuse Project Loan Program. The loan program provides up to $750,000 in gap financing to adaptive reuse projects that further the revitalization of downtown Buffalo.
South Buffalo BOA Recreational Needs Assessment - Final Report
As part of the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Implementation Strategy, the City of Buffalo and BUDC commissioned an assessment of the regional indoor and outdoor recreational sports facility market. The South Buffalo BOA Step 2 Nomination plans had suggested the potential for an athletic complex adjacent to South Park along Hopkins Street. In addition, the City had been approached by several entities over the last few years proposing a major sports complex within or adjacent to the South Buffalo BOA. In order to assess that market, as well as the programmatic opportunities, priorities, and issues that are related to the maximization of potential facility operations, the City commissioned Paradigm Economics to conduct this study. As part of Paradigm's work, a complete identification and evaluation of City-owned recreational facilities was also conducted. The work was guided by a Steering Committee comprised of Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, Streets and Parks Andrew Rabb; Michael Even, Vice President of Sales & Service, Visit Buffalo Niagara/Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission; Rebecca Gandour, Director of Development for the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning; Dennis Sutton, Environmental Engineer, Office of Strategic Planning; and BUDC representatives.
The study's analysis indicated a pent up demand for both indoor and outdoor field-sports facilities, exhibited by youth and adult recreational programs, by the for-profit travel and premier-level soccer community, by City-based colleges, and by charter and private high schools. With respect to the indoor sports field investment and development option that was identified as a primary focus of the study, a critical mass of "pay-to-play" users was readily identified as including existing outdoor adult leagues, new indoor adult leagues, City-based travel, premier, and other membership soccer programs, regional baseball and softball programs (for off-season training), and City-based collegiate and private high school programs (off-season training). Based on predominant user group needs, recommendations, and requirements that were generated through the market supply and demand sections interview process, a set of preliminary base case facility parameters were developed within the indoor-outdoor turf field facility type. These included one indoor turf field, four outdoor field surfaces, plus accessory facilities and parking. The study also presents construction cost estimates, financial operations analysis and an economic impact analysis for the base case facility.
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