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Drab to Fab on Delaware

Say ‘goodbye’ to the dull 1970’s Thaddeus J. Dulski Federal Office Building and ‘hello’ to the newly christened “200 Delaware Avenue.” UniQuest, a partnership of Uniland Development and Acquest Development, has unveiled its plans for the vacant building located at the corner of Delaware and Huron Street. The structure will be getting a sleek blue glass façade as part of a $60 million make-over into a mix of office, residential and hotel space.

Uniquest purchased the 16-story building from the Federal government in April after submitting a $6.1 million bid in an online auction. The planned top-to-bottom renovation will create 150 hotel rooms on the lower floors, 125,000 sq.ft. of office space on five middle floors, and 40 condominium units on the top three floors priced from $300,000. The building will feature a blue glass façade, a two-story atrium/lobby, balconies on the residential floors, a small addition along Huron Street, and the Delaware Avenue façade’s upper floors will be extended slightly outward.
200 Delaware will join several other high profile developments that promise to bring a new look to the west side of downtown. BSC Development has mixed-use plans of its own at the Statler and the City Tower high rise developments. On Niagara Square, the new federal courthouse, another modern glass structure, is scheduled to break ground this summer. New Era Center, located across Huron from the Dulski Building, opened in November and 285 Delaware, a five-story office building developed by Uniland is in the final stages of construction.
Talks are underway with a number of office tenants and at three potential hotel operators according to Business First. Construction on the conversion, including $10 million worth of asbestos abatement work, is expected to begin this summer. It is shaping up to be a good year for downtown development.
Dulksi Building behind the recently completed New Era Center

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