Work to stabilize the historic Bosche Building located at 918 Main Street near Allen has finally begun. A hole in the City-owned building's roof had steadily grown in recent years and many feared the building would collapse due to neglect or fall under an emergency demolition. The City received grant funding through the Restore New York program to stabilize and restore the building's façade.
Greenleaf & Co. is seeking to redevelop the City-owned building into a mix of residential and commercial space. The four-story building would be combined with Greenleaf's three story building at 916 Main Street to create apartments and first floor commercial space. The developer is working with Carmina Wood Morris on a reuse plan.
Stabilization work is anticipated to take three to four months to complete. It will involve securing the building's superstructure and bracing the outside walls.
The Richardsonian Romanesque masonry building is located in the Allentown Historic Preservation District at the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It is a former carriage factory constructed in 1891 and designed by Cyrus K. Porter, a well-known Buffalo architect.