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Update: City Mission Expected to Anchor 545 Swan Street Conversion

Another multi-story industrial site is in line for a make-over.  The eight-story A&P Warehouse complex at 545 Swan Street is being targeted by a development group headed by Rocco Termini for conversion to 150 to 200 apartments (geared to tenants making up to 60 percent of area median income) and a new home for the City Mission.  Architecture, engineering and interior design firm Carmina Wood Morris is preparing the reuse plans.

The property occupies the block bounded by Swan, Hamburg, Myrtle and Jefferson Avenue.  It is adjacent to Savarino Companies and FFZ Holdings’ 500 Seneca Street project and is in a neighborhood that has seen a significant amount of redevelopment in recent years including within the Larkin District to the east and subsidized housing along Myrtle, Swan, S. Division and other nearby streets.  The City Mission has been on the hunt to replace its current facility at Oak and Tupper streets for some time.545 Swan2

 Buffalo Business First’s Jim Fink says the $42 million project will be reviewed by the Buffalo Planning Board on July 16:

Representatives from Carmina Wood & Morris, a Buffalo architecture and engineering firm, will review the project with planning board members. The development team, for now, has declined to be identified.

The 240,000-square-foot building is the base for Mesmer Refrigeration Inc., who has been located there since 1972. Mesmer is close to finalizing a deal to move to a new Buffalo location, said Bob Mesmer, company president and founder. Mesmer, which builds refrigeration systems for local restaurant, supermarkets and other clients, has 15 employees. 

Tentative plans call for the bulk of the building to house apartments, a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

See today’s Buffalo Business First for more details.


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Renderings Courtesy of Carmina Wood Morris

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