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Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood gets an $800,000 boost

The Fruit Belt land trust was created in 2017, and most of its funding has come from grassroots fundraising and grants from Open Buffalo, PUSH Buffalo and Common Council President Darius Pridgen.

Pridgen, who represents the Ellicott District that includes the Fruit Belt, praised the award.

“I am very excited for the the Fruit Belt community and the land trust as an organization to receive this amount of support from the state of New York. Once again it shows that working together with our partners in government is effective and important, especially for communities that are experiencing gentrification,” he said.

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