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Another Granite Works?

Ben Obletz has got another development up his sleeve. This time it’s 23 North Street between Main Street and Franklin/Linwood. Just like Granite Works, Ben plans on renovating the existing mansion and building an addition on the attached empty lot. He had this to say about the development, “We bought the property because we love the neighborhood. Plans are to build 35 to 40 loft units similar to what we did at Granite Works. This project will be market-rate housing units. We have not yet chosen an architect though we have narrowed it down to two. The mansion is not in as bad of shape as Granite Works was… we are going to do our best to bring back this beauty.”
23 North is located around the corner from Tapestry Charter School. It goes hand in hand with other developments such as Artspace. The mansion formerly housed a flower shop, though in recent years the elements have taken a toll on the structure.

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • UKnow

    Wow! This is an area of town that has been over looked for sometime. Great to see investment taking place and best of all, someone WANTS to build over an empty lot. I’m happy about this announcement.


    These older buildings are our friends not our enemy

  • urban critic

    Apartments or condos?

  • BCB

    You can’t build these type of historic buildings. We are so lucky that developers are recognizing their value.

  • martin

    an exciting time to be in Allentown.
    Think they would be interested in buying a few buildings on Franklin that now house a print shop?

  • sbrof

    This project is across the street from probably the roughest block in Allentown. The block bounded by Franklin , Allen, North and N Pearl could use some TLC as well, lots of empty lots and a bunch of run down buildings.
    Isn’t it funny that the more empty lots there are the worse condition the adjacent properties are in. 😉 One less empty lot is one more step to fixing our city.

  • vv

    May I suggest you go back and look at the 100 block of North Pearl. There are some spectacular historic townhomes there in mint condition. adjacent to the school.

  • Rochacha

    Well, I certainly hope the architects they hire are going to continue the same size double hung windows, brickwork and roofline and not go vinyl, contemporary or modern..
    Hey, just a thought…in case Buffalo has forgotten what real period mansions look like…why not drive to Rochester and take a stroll down East Ave. Thats what a mansion is supposed to look like and if your going to expand this property….you should do it right.

  • T.

    The mansion on Main St. part of the Granit Works looks Great! and remember these are the same guys who did Granit that are going to work on this building. I’m sure you wish will come true, Rochacha.

  • Dak

    Rochacha, We needn’t drive to Rochester to see what mansions are supposed to look like. Only about two blocks from the subject of this post is Delaware Avenue, which is home to many examples, including the Wilcox Mansion, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

  • rochacha-Buffalo needs help with mansions

    Dak, perhaps but there are manions on Delaware but not of mansions of the same Empire Style as in the above picture. If its going to be doubled in size….it should be done in the EMPIRE STYLE with period details such as a period porch.
    Face it Buffalo….you do have mansions but your poverty has demolished alot of them….you have a darth of local examples which is why you tend to do some things so badly. The expansion of the mansion on Main Street is the perfect example…it should be expanded from a mansion to an estate with the same period details for their corporate and manufacturing….and instead people are proposing a period mansion and a modern addition.

  • sbrof

    I stroll the block all the time, yeah those row homes are amazing, I would love to know how much one of them goes for, buy or rental, don,Aeot care they are beautiful, and next to them is Tapestry School, also very nice. Between these at North and Allen streets is where the block needs some investment. Almost the whole east side is nothing but the butt parking lots for Main Street… which killed the property values across the street and pushed the west side into disrepair. Same with the east side on Franklin. Across the street is nothing but parking lots for Delaware businesses which killed the east side of the block. I wish there was someone willing to develop either of these blocks, simply filling in one or two of these parking lots would drastically improve the value of the properties across the street.
    Then again we wouldn’t be in this situation if we didn’t rush into demolishing everything in sight…

  • Madcap Frolic

    Oh, uh, Rochacha,
    Does YOUR mansion boulevard , East Avenue, have an entire book devoted to it? Ours does.
    With your implied greater wealth in Rochester, did YOU save everything on East Avenue and not tear down mansions for gas stations, parking lots, glass boxes, and other Modernist incursions?

  • newtocity

    anyone know why the electric tower has not been lit up for the past 4 weeks?

  • looks great ! have you seen the website for their granite works project
    I’m sure this project will be just as great.

  • Marilyn R – WVRG

    You GO!, Madcap!!!!!!!! You rock!

  • O

    Newtocity, it has not been lit up because it is going through restoration, will be back on soon. Final faze is almost completed for the Electric Tower.