Anthony Lorusso's proposed apartment project at the corner of West Avenue and Maryland Street will be presented to the City Planning Board next Tuesday. Neighbors will get a preview Monday night at the Hispanics United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia Street, at 6 PM. The purpose of the Monday meeting will be solicit comments and answer questions on the revised site plan for Casa Serena at Maryland Place. It will occupy the vacant Penn/Lama Advertising site.
In response to comments received about the original plans, the project has been downsized. 53 units are proposed down from an original 83. According to a letter mailed to area homeowners:
"The Laundromat has been eliminated and improvements to the quality and aesthetics of the apartment building have been made. Casa Serena will be a three-story apartment building with 53 units, adequate parking, and substantial green space."
The project now consists of one building fronting West Avenue. The previous proposal had a second building at the corner of Maryland and West that is now "greenspace." A small parking lot is located on West Avenue south of the apartment building while the main parking lot is accessed from Maryland Street. There are no doors facing West Avenue. James A. Rumsey is project architect.
Rents in the $5.2 million project are projected to range from $675 for a one-bedroom to $1,100 for the larger units.