The neoclassical beauty at 620 Main Street in the Theater District is getting a new tenant. TVGA Consultants, an engineering, land surveying, mapping and environmental firm, is relocating its corporate headquarters and 50 local employees from Maple Road in Elma. Business First broke the news this morning. The 18,250 sq.ft. property was last occupied in 2008.
Constructed in 1919, the building once housed the city's oldest jewelry store, E.B. Dickinson & Co. It was designed by architecture firm Esenwein & Johnson whose local portfolio includes the Calumet Building, Electric Tower, Lafayette High School, and the Buffalo Museum of Science.
620 Main was extensively renovated in the early 1980's. Advertising agency Levy King & White occupied the building until the firm merged with Eric Mower Associates in 1990. In 1991, the Buffalo Enterprise Development Corp. foreclosed on the property and occupied the building until 1999 when it was sold to internet firm Rights Exchange (which later became Softbank Net Solutions and then Reciprocal Inc.).
Current owner Larkin Development Group purchased the building in 2003. Appraisal.com moved in one year later. The promising real estate appraisal and software company was negatively impacted by the nationwide housing market slowdown and had shrunk its local workforce in recent months. Appraisal.com's assets were acquired by Zaio Corporation in February and the business was relocated to West Seneca.
The new location will be open for business January 3, 2011. TVGA also has offices in Jamestown, Syracuse and Saratoga.
Get Connected: TVGA, 716.655.8842; Larkin Development Group, 716.362.2677