The planned Hilton Garden Inn at the Tishman Building on Lafayette Square is one more step closer to starting work. Mayor Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo has approved the easement request for the project.
Mark Hamister, the CEO of The Hamister Group Corporate Office, is redeveloping the midcentury landmark as a $40 million downtown hotel. The building will utilize historic tax credits for the rehabilitation and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year.
The easement agreement, which was filed with the Buffalo Common Council this week and is expected to be voted on by month's end, is necessary for the redevelopment of the Tishman Building (former National Fuel Headquarters) to, among other things allow drive-up access and valet service for hotel guests, as well as deliveries and a café patio. The proposed hotel would consist of 123 rooms with a restaurant, fitness center and bar. The top three floors would consist of roughly 21,000 square feet for the new corporate offices of The Hamister Group. Up to 16 apartments are also planned. The project is expected to result in about 400 construction jobs and create another 49 permanent new jobs. Approximately 30 people will be relocated to The Hamister Group's new corporate office.
Mark Hamister, Chairman and CEO of The Hamister Group said, "We're thrilled that the City and others have seen fit to approve this project and allow us to move one step closer to construction on this project and we're thrilled to be part of the strong momentum that is building in downtown Buffalo. This major renovation project not only takes office space off the market but adds much needed hotel space to the downtown area especially with the recent announcement of the Webster block project. We are extremely appreciative of Mayor Brown and his administration for their support throughout the planning stages of this project and look forward to a long and positive partnership."