Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation spruces up Main Street Entrance to Lafayette Court Building

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation is a company that is typically involved with larger than life development projects, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t care about the low hanging fruit. As an example, the company recently commissioned local artist Danielle Saeva to come up with custom art creations for the Main Street entrance to the Lafayette Court Building at 465 Main Street. The artwork features Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen, Mayor Brown, Bills Mafia antics, and other familiar Buffalo characters and settings.

The goal of the project is to add some life to a series of commercial shop windows that are otherwise fairly nondescript, seeing as they are not traditional retail storefronts. Another aspect is to draw attention to significant renovations within the building.


The addition of the artwork not only adds vibrancy by covering up the dated shades look, it also creates nice little selfie stations for passersby. And with Josh Allen’s recent “Jumping Josh” maneuvers, there’s no better time to jump onboard the Bills’ bandwagon.

I spoke with Paul Ciminelli, President/CEO at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, who told me that the company wanted to bring some more life to Main Street. Since the pandemic, many people are still working from home. Ciminelli is hopeful that an increasing amount of people return to their offices, since downtown Buffalo depends on workers to support the downtown economy.

At the end of the day, Ciminelli told me that the addition of the artwork is just one example of how businesses and building owners can contribute to livening up Main Street.

Of course the final phase of Cars Sharing Main Street is long overdue. Not to mention the highly anticipated final stop at the (coming soon) DL&W Terminal, which will greatly spur on Metro Rail ridership, thus further bolstering all of Main Street.

In the meantime, there’s work to be done to dress up the street. After all, the golden days of window shopping along Main Street might be a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try (harder) to reinvigorate downtown’s central spine.

The pandemic changed the way that people interact with downtown. This might be the new normal… at least for a while.

Now we’ve got to figure out the best solutions to draw people back. Ultimately, the effort has to be well orchestrated and widely supported. Main Street still has so much untapped potential. It’s time to get more creative. This window dressing is a start.

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