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Construction Watch: Fenton Village

The first phase of work is underway on Sinatra & Company’s Fenton Village project at the southwest corner of Main and Ferry streets.  The real estate firm is renovating both the Fenton Hotel at 945 W. Ferry Street and the three-story  brick building at 1526 Main to create a mix of commercial space and upscale apartments and lofts.  Architect Tommaso Briatico is designing the $2.3 million project.
The Fenton Hotel, constructed to accommodate guests attending the Pan Am Exposition in 1901, contains 23 apartments.  Units in the building are accessed from three stairwells off of W. Ferry Street and one ‘bay’ of apartments will be renovated at a time.  
“We have started interior and exterior work,” says Nick Sinatra, President of Sinatra & Company.  “We are hoping to have the first eight units ready by Thanksgiving.”
Units in the Fenton require a complete overhaul.  Apartments currently have three small bedrooms and are dated and warn.  They will be gutted and rooms will be enlarged and repositioned to create two-bedroom units with high-end finishes.  
Apartments will be approximately 900 sq.ft. on the ground floor and 1,100 sq.ft. on the upper floors that have shared patios overlooking W. Ferry Street.  Rents in the Fenton are expected to be around $1,000/month.  
A number of ‘green,’ low-impact development (LID) features are being incorporated into the project.  Ever busy LID expert Dave Majewski is working with Briatico Architects and project General Contractor Lamparelli Construction on the parking lot, surrounding landscaping, and tenant common area.  
Bio-retention cells now being installed (above) are designed to keep out over 200,000 gallons of runoff out of the storm sewer system annually.  That will increase to 500,000 gallons of runoff when the full parking lot is complete and additional cells are added.
The circa-1878 corner building at 1526 Main Street will be a mix of retail space on the ground floor and eight loft apartments upstairs.  Plans for the small commercial building at 1524 Main remain unsettled.
Get Connected: Sinatra & Company Realty, 716.220.8468

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