BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Construction on a new mixed-use development on Buffalo’s East Side is officially underway following a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday.

The new development at 950 Broadway is a $13.5 million project, with Cedarland Development performing the renovations. The building, which has been vacant for nearly two decades, formerly served as the Eckhardt’s and Kobacker’s department store. The basement and third floors actually haven’t been used for decades, according to Empire State Development.

Included in the plans for the building’s renovations are 28 affordable housing units, a proposed indoor farm and a free Head Start child education program.

This project is part of a larger $10 million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul last November.

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