There are three reuse projects underway on Main near Mohawk streets downtown. Each are bringing long-underutilized buildings back to life.
At 477 Main Street, The Martin Group, a full-service marketing communications firm, is transforming a former Wendy's restaurant into its new headquarters. The formerly non-descript building is getting a 1,500 sq.ft second floor addition, a new façade and a balcony overlooking Main Street.
The makeover, designed by Carmina Wood Morris, P.C., will feature a stone base, metal panels, a sun shade system and clear glass windows (above). There will be a two-story light well/atrium which will allow sunlight to penetrate the interior and rear of the space. Lamparelli Construction is the contractor.
Law firm Ricotta & Visco is finishing up its renovation work at 498 Main Street (entry image and above). The formerly pink exterior of the 11,440 sq.ft. building has been wiped away and new windows were installed. The building interior will have a glass elevator, four story atrium and exposed brick walls. Dave Sutton of Dean Sutton Architects designed the rehab work.
501 Main Street has a new owner and ground floor tenant. The 6,000 sq.ft. building was purchased by Don Warfe in 2008 after sitting vacant for years. Warfe rehabbed the building. Two full-floor residences were created upstairs and had planned to open a Brodo-to-Go on the first level. Clinton Brown Company designed the renovation.
The restaurant plan never came together and Warfe sold the property to Jason Winiarski's FZO Main LLC in August. Interior design firm Z Designs Inc. is relocating from Hamburg into the building's first floor.