By Buffalo Rising – January 13, 2022

The African Heritage Food Cooperative (AHFC) is planning to open a Buffalo location at 238 Carlton Street next year.  We’re now getting a look at what the new facility will look like.  The co-op will reuse the 3,838 sq. ft. historic building and add a greenhouse to it.

The African Heritage Food Cooperative was founded in 2016 by Alexander J. Wright, who organized a meeting of like-minded members of the community wishing to provide fresh produce to the areas of the city considered to be a food desert.

The co-op has a grocery store on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls and community gardens in both Niagara Falls and Buffalo.  The co-op sources its produce from several local farms and has purchased a 22-acre farm in Franklinville.

Plans for the Carlton Street location gelled in 2019 was an anonymous donor purchased the fire-damaged structure and donated it to the co-op.  With assistance from Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the building’s roof was repaired, and the structure was stabilized in 2019.  

AHFC will be holding a project update meeting with its members soon and will begin construction work this year.  The facility is expected to open in August 2023.

Click here to learn more about the AHFC.

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