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Same Story, Different Day: Cobblestone Plan Approved

J. Roger Trettel’s 1876 Buehl Block LLC’s renovation plans for a Cobblestone District building were approved by the Preservation Board on Thursday.  The two-story property at 49 Illinois Street will be renovated for commercial uses.  The developer purchased the brick structure, located between HSBC Arena and the Avalon Development/Savarino Cos. mixed-use Cobblestone Lofts project on Mississippi Street, in April 2008.


Each floor is approximately 5000 sq.ft. and will be “loft-like” with exposed beams, old industrial hardware, and large windows.  The building can accommodate a single user or one tenant per floor.

A third floor addition (below), which would mimic an original element that was on the building, could be constructed if there is tenant interest.  Trettel also is contemplating residential use for the third level. 

version2.jpgThe existing garage door will be removed and a new glass storefront and steel canopy will be installed.  Infilled brick will also be removed on the front elevation to create new window openings.  Tommaso Briatico is project architect. Renovation work is expected to start in the spring, or sooner if tenant demand warrants it.

Roger has completed two renovation projects near the downtown library.  He undertook a meticulous $1 million+ renovation to the Buehl Block Building, located at the corner of Broadway and Ellicott Street. The four-story brick and mansard roofed structure contains five loft apartments and the 2nd Cup cafe on the ground floor. The two-story Stanford Building adjacent to Buehl at 285 Ellicott has been converted to office space.  It is occupied by Tetra-Tech, an consulting, technology and technical services firm.

Get Connected: 1876 Buehl Block LLC, 716.698.9169



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