PUSH - Table of Contents
460 Massachusetts Avenue
Buffalo NY 14202
PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) - Official Web Site
|5 one- or two-bedroom apartments for rent
Former store may be used as a community resource room
insulation ... Energy Star-rated “cool” metal roof ... Cement composite
siding ... Original interior pocket doors ... Reclaimed or new
|PUSH Green Development Zone:||Founded 2008.
50 PUSH-owned properties in a 25 block radius centering on Massachusetts Avenue.
About half of the properties are existing houses that are in need of rehabilitation; the other half are vacant lots. Building new housing is not part of the project. The main source of funding is a 2005 Green Development HUD grant.
|PUSH Green Development Zone Award:||First place out of 11 finalists
from countries around the globe: 2011 Changemaker's International
Sustainable Urban Housing Competition...
Sponsored by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of State and the American Planning Association...
See Finalists and Buffalo Rising article
At left: Former Costello's Paint store (vacant when purchased by PUSH) ... Four apartments vacant for decades when purchased by PUSH)
2012 rehab features Energy Star-rated “cool” metal roof, with clear plastic snow guards ... Cement composite siding
Clear plastic snow guards
Former Costello's Paint store features original Eastlake style wood ornamentation highlighted with light paint color
Original Eastlake style wood ornamentation
Four apartments Massachusetts entrance with porch and handicap ramp
Note original door (next illustration below). When feasible, original wood throughout was preserved.
460 Massachusetts parking and rain garden.
Note informational sign if front of the fence (next illustration below)
Sunken rain garden.
"A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater).The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water." - Wikipedia (July 2012)
Half cove(?) shingles
Original Eastlake style wood trim
Photo courtesy of Eco_Logic Studio
Special thanks to PUSH Executive Director Aaron Bartley and Development Director Britney McClain for their assistance in 2012