Developer Seeks To Keep Broadway Vibrant Beyond Market’s Peak Week

After the butter lambs are bought, the Easter dinner eaten and Dyngus Day beers consumed, Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood returns to a quiet, economically challenged neighborhood. But a local developer is trying to change that.

On Saturday, March 26, representatives of Cedarland Development Group will host a reception, from noon until 5 p.m., inside 950 Broadway. On that site is the former home of Eckhardt’s Department Store, which is just one of several properties in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood now held by the development company, founded by surgeon-turned-developer Dr. Fadi Dagher.

On Friday morning, as thousands of Western New Yorkers were making their annual Easter shopping trip to the Broadway Market, a handful of personnel were inside 950 Broadway. The plan is to restore the corner property as a commercial property.

“It’s been vacant since 2004,” said Maggie Hamilton, manager of real estate development for Cedarland. “We’d love to have community retail uses here on the first floor to really engage people, and various uses to attract people to this neighborhood, all year round.”

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