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Evolution of Lower Delaware Avenue Continues

Glass and steel appear to be the new design theme for lower Delaware Avenue. The latest building getting a make-over is the three-story circa-1950 commercial building at 255 Delaware just north of W. Chippewa Street. Owner First Amherst Development Group is planning façade repairs, a modern glass canopy and interior upgrades. 255 Delaware joins a growing list of projects recently completed or planned in what is downtown’s most active development area.
First Amherst expects to spend $1 million on the project. Common areas will be renovated along with improvements to the building entrance and mezzanine.


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“We bought the property several years ago because we liked the location and the off-street parking available behind the building,” said Benjamin N. Obletz, President of First Amherst. “We were patient and wanted to wait and see how we could best maximize our investment. We will redevelop this property into one of the best Class ‘A’ boutique office buildings on Delaware Avenue,” Obletz said.
First Amherst has owned the 20,000 sq.ft. building since March 2000. There are several suites available on the third and fourth floors ranging in size from 2600 to 5300 sq.ft. Work is expected to be underway later this year.
Get Connected: First Amherst Development Group, 716.839.1400
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