Buffalo State College will transform city impound lot


BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) What is now the City of Buffalo’s auto impound lot on Dart Street may soon become something more suitable to the students at Buffalo State College.

 “Buffalo State College is working with the city to transform a scrapyard into a schoolyard with a designated developer agreement for the Dart Street Auto Impound site,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown during his State of the City Address on Friday.

The lot at 166 Dart Street, off of Forest Avenue, is where Buffalo Police tow cars which are parked in a tow-away zone. It’s where stolen cars are towed until their owners claim them. Some vehicles sit there for months. 

Exactly what it will become is unclear but the college will have plenty of input. College president Katherine Conway-Turner said in a statement,  “As a land-locked institution, this is a rare opportunity to extend the campus footprint, while also contributing to the exciting revitalization of Buffalo’s West Side.”

For the next year and a half, the college will develop a plan for the nearly nine acres right within sight of their campus.

“As ideas emerge for the use of this unique land, we will work with internal and external constituents toward a final development plan that will be welcoming to the community, provide new and unique opportunities for students, support our mission as an anchor institution and SUNY’s Urban-Engaged Campus.”

Mayor Brown is an alumnus of Buffalo State College. Both the designated developer agreement itself and the final development plan will both be subject to Common Council approval.

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