Six years and counting. That is how long the first floor of 665 Main Street has gone without a tenant. The striking Theater District building designed by Bergmann Associates has had much better success upstairs where three floors of office space have been essentially full since the building opened in early 2002. The 67,000 square foot building across from Sheas Buffalo Theater replaced a shuttered McDonald’s restaurant.
Developed by Frank McGuire, Larry Quinn and Gerald Lippes, the offices filled relatively quickly. Advertising agency The Wolf Group and Buffalo Niagara Partnership, both relocating from elsewhere downtown, pre-leased two-thirds of the space. Wolf Group has since vacated the building but has been replaced by law firms Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP and Goldberg Segalla LLP.
With 2,800 sq.ft. of space, the first floor has never had an office or retail tenant. The 600 block of Main has not proven to be a strong retail or restaurant location. Worse, much of the building’s ground floor is obscured by the outbound Theater District light rail station. That may change once traffic returns to the block and the stations are redesigned. The schedule for that work is not known.
There have been a few retail and restaurant openings downtown in recent months– primarily coffee shops, businesses in the Cathedral Park/Ellicott Square Building area, and tenants of Ellicott Commons. It took two years for Cityview Properties to fill the ground floor of newly-constructed 598 Main at Chippewa with Dunkin Donuts and credit union SEFCU. 665 Main still waits.
Get Connected: McGuire Development Co., property manager, 716.829.1900