Langston Hughes Institute


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August 2013

October 2016

Photo credit: Mike Puma, Frits Abell, Ciminelli


33 High Street, Buffalo NY 14203

Part of: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Across from: 24 High Street


  • Ciminelli Real Estate
  • 33 High Street, LLC

Physical Description

  • Three story, 28,500 sq.ft brick commercial building on a corner parcel.

Current Condition

  • Structurally sound, vacant.


  • Built in 1926 as a car dealership.
  • Formerly owned by the Langston Hughes Institute, who sold it to BNMC.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2010 - The Langston Hughes Institute sold 33 High Street and adjacent parking lots 963-69 Washington Street to Ciminelli for $1.9 million.
  • 2013: Rumors are this building is to be demolished for the new SUNY Buffalo Medical School.
  • July 2014 - 'Ciminelli Real Estate officials are talking about creating a 250,000-square-foot building with a $70 million to $75 million price tag...No decision has yet been made on how – or whether – the former Langston Hughes Institute building on the site would be incorporated into the project' Buffalo Rising
  • February 2015 - 'Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is moving forward with development plans for a new Medical Campus project that would knock down the old Langston Hughes Institute building and replace it with a much larger complex.' Buffalo News
    • No discussion of renovation or incorporation of the original building has been mentioned
  • October 2016 - Ciminelli reveals plans for a new-build on the site, necessitating demolition of the existing structure.
  • Jim Fink, Buffalo Business First - "The final design was released three days after a Ciminelli affiliate, 33 High Street Partners LLC, bought the property from an affiliate of the estate of company founder, the late Frank Ciminelli. 33 High Street Partners LLC paid $3 million for the building, buying it from 33 High Street LLC, according to documents filed in the Erie County Clerk’s office."

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