Sorry, Boss, but just to clarify: the management of Genesee Gateway is primary unfer the auspices of Doug Swift (who is a partner with Howard on the Larkin Building) and Joe Petrella, another member of Larkin Development. Mr Zemsky has nought to do with this venture on Genesee. The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation was a major funder to get this project up and ready for tenants.
yes something is in the works, I believe the Governers competition grant that secured about 100M or something for our region had some funds allocated for streetscape improvements here. Let's see, who was on that board that secured the money, oh yeah Howard Zemky, the very owner of the property.
I was told this office is only for passports for travelers who have confirmed out of country [not Canada or Mexico]travel plans within a certain recent period of time. I believe 14 days or so. You have to provide the confirmed travel plans. All other new or renewed passport applications have to be through the regular channels, i.e. through applications filed at a post office or renewal by mail, which take the 4-6 weeks for processing at the least.
Agreed. I live about 100 yards away from this and think about that fact all the time. The busiest place on this block is Eddie Brady's. Comically, it was the busiest place before this investment.
The total cost was $365.00 for two passports, including an extra $60 per passport to expedite.
Very much early to criticize.
The trees in the mockup are at least a few years 'in the ground', you don't buy 'em that size. Give 'em a chance.
Outstanding! Makes total sense to have one in a border city! My original passport took six weeks to get to me. Location of the office is fabulous also. When I moved to Buffalo in 1976 that corner was a building-wide billboard for some very opinionated loon. Now it's a show piece. Kudos to the passport agency for taking that leap. If we had an influx of people and business to this area, which someday we might, that corner would fill up (relatively) fast. You can eventually get all the trees you need. I'm sure eventually it will sustain itself, and I'm happy to see it happen.
Just curious, how much did the expedited passport cost? And how much would a regular one cost and how long does that take?
I think it's a little too early to criticize the genessee streetscape considering how recent the huge renovations were completed. Also I thought there was something in the works for the buildings across the street?
Anyway, a project was recently announced to overhaul the Chippewa streetscape. Maybe this section of Genessee will be included in that work.
I agree with the writer that a passport office wasn't what people expected in these buildings. But it is awesome that we have one in Buffalo. If and when the street evolves into a more entertainment oriented strip, I'm sure they could easily relocate. It's just an office.
great picture of the Genesee-Gateway buildings...Too bad it is so far from that picture...Its a deadzone....
Although a few Trees, a few awnings may do the building some good...and a few tenants....
How great, and "lived in", the corridor would look with some trees, umbrellas, etc.