PUSH - Table of Contents

  460 Massachusetts Avenue
 Buffalo NY 14202
PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) - Official Web Site

Built:

C. 1890

Owner:

PUSH

Rehabilitated:

2012
2012 architect:
Eco_Logic Studio

2012 availability:

5 one- or two-bedroom apartments for rent
Former store may be used as a community resource room
Features: Excellent insulation ... Energy Star-rated “cool” metal roof ... Cement composite siding ... Original interior pocket doors ...  Reclaimed or new floors ...
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

Facade


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.





West elevation


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)

East elevation





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

Photos and their arrangement 2012 Chuck LaChiusa
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