Buffalo City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to build a pizza shop in its downtown, joining an industry that’s already flourishing in the city.
Under the plan, Buffalo City Health Authority would be the landlord of the new location, which is to be located at 20 Broadway.
The property, at 10 West Broadway and 10 West St., will have a retail space, a restaurant and an outdoor patio, among other amenities, according to the council’s executive committee.
Council President Dan Pappas said the project will help to address Buffalo’s growing obesity epidemic, as well as its health problems and the needs of its elderly.
The proposed location will help Buffalo’s obesity problem, as the city has the highest obesity rate in the U.S., according to a study published in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The plan also includes a plan for an outdoor restaurant, which will be located on the second floor of the proposed building, and a plaza for residents and visitors to enjoy, according the council.
Pappas, who is also the city’s mayor, said the city hopes the development will help revitalize Buffalo, which has struggled financially and has a reputation for being a “food desert.”
The proposed building would have the capacity to host up to 250 people, according a release from the city and Pappins office.
It would also have space for a second restaurant on the ground floor.
In the city, Buffalo has a high obesity rate of 28.7 percent.