pictured above: Vision Multi-Media Group owner and CEO Sheila Brown
Mayor Byron W. Brown announced last Thursday that WUFO Radio owner Vision Multi Media Group has been selected as the tenant for 509 Michigan Street, a City-owned site in the heart of Buffalo’s African American Heritage Corridor. A large-scale restoration and expansion project is planned at the site as part of the effort to bring new life to the historic corridor.
Vision Multi Media Group owner Sheila Brown bought WUFO in 2013. That purchase made Brown the first Black female owner of both an AM and FM radio station in New York. Vision is currently located in the Corridor, at 143 Broadway.
“I am deeply humbled and honored by the news of our selection. As many of you know, Vision Multi Media Group has worked 29 years to get to this moment. But we always knew it was going to happen. I’d like to thank God, my family, and the Mayor, and my partners in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission for making this dream a reality,” Ms. Brown said. “When asked what makes me successful, I say: dream write and pray. That’s all you have to do. I welcome this new partnership with the City and the Commission. We are on our way. I look forward to many great years of success ahead.”
“As Ellicott District Councilmember, 509 Michigan has been a focus of mine for a couple reasons: It’s placement in the historic Michigan Avenue Corridor and its proximity to the first known Archway in the City of Buffalo. This recommendation is another step toward the continuation of making the Corridor a travel destination in Western New York,”said Council President Darius Pridgen.
Buffalo Common Council approval is needed to finalize the lease deal.
Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes has been working for many years to jump-start the revitalization of the Corridor. In 2018, she secured $1 million in funds from the Dormitory Authority of New York State for redevelopment of 509 Michigan Street.