Paul Rudolph’s Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo, NY Face an Imminent Threat
By: Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
The Shoreline Apartments Today
Norstar Developmenthas owned the site since 2005. Like many of Shoreline’s public housing contemporaries, the inventive, complex forms and admirable social aspirations of the development have been overshadowed by disrepair, crime, and startling vacancy rates (30 percent in 2006 according to Buffalo Rising). (Miller) Originally built with over 400 units on 9.5 acres, a 2007 renovation merged many of the units to a lesser count, with Norstar reportedly spending $19 million on “sprucing up” the complex with new facades, windows and railings. According to a report in Buffalo’s Business First, “The Shoreline Apartments have 426 total units although 89 have been “off line” since 2004 because such issues as needed elevator repairs. Of the remaining 337 apartments, nearly 75 percent — or 270 in hard numbers, are occupied.” For a slide show of current photos of the complex, see Norstar’s rental website.