The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) is a public benefit corporation that was formed, by an act of the New York State Legislature, in 1966. Its corporate purpose includes the general planning and operation of various urban renewal programs designed to prevent or eliminate blight and deterioration in the City of Buffalo.
BURA strives to promote the expeditious undertaking, financing and completion of community development programs and create quality and vibrant urban living in the City of Buffalo through neighborhood driven development projects.
BURA achieves community development through rehab of existing houses and or apartments. The agency offers technical and financial assistance to businesses and provides technical assistance and compliance to the City of Buffalo.
Objectives of BURA include:
- Improving the appearance of the City’s neighborhood
- Increasing and facilitating opportunities for business investment
- Address the needs of seniors, youth, homeless, and the poor
- To coordinate and obtain funding from multiple sources
- Supporting City of Buffalo in management of federal programs
BURA is governed by a board of directors including the Mayor of Buffalo, city councilmembers and other administration executives. The board meets two times a month at City Hall and Buffalo residents are encouraged to get involved with BURA.