Standing in front of The Forge on Broadway, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Common Council President Darius Pridgen, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and others, announced two special street designations in honor of Dr. Rhonda Ricks. The late Dr. Ricks, President and CEO of R+A+R Development, passed away in June of 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer .
Mayor Brown announced that a ceremonial trailblazing sign will go up later this month at the corner of Broadway and Mortimer Street in honor of Dr. Ricks, serving as a gateway to one of her signature projects, the Forge on Broadway. A private stretch of new roadway that cuts through The Forge on Broadway will be named Dr. Rhonda Ricks Way.
“It’s bittersweet renaming a street after my sister friend Dr. Rhonda Ricks, gone too soon but we cherish her memory. We call them Trailblazer Signs and it could not be more fitting, as she blazed a trail as the first woman and minority developer in the City of Buffalo and its East Side. She believed that everyone deserves to live in clean, upscale quality housing and her projects reflect that. I’m humbled and proud that a street is named in her honor, adjacent to one of her developments and close to where she grew up,” stated Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes.
Her first project, Parkview Apartments, completed in 2017, was a tribute to her status as the first minority and women owned development firm in the region. Dr. Ricks also consulted on the construction of the Westminster Commons senior housing project at Adams and Monroe streets.