Plans for a façade makeover in the 700 block of Main Street will be reviewed by the Buffalo Planning Board this morning. Architectural Resources has prepared plans to renovate the storefront of 739 Main Street. The 14,300 sq.ft. building is owned by developer and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs. It is two stories fronting Main Street and one story along Washington Street. Jacobs purchased the building in 2007.
The 700 block has seen most of its buildings renovated in recent years. Jacobs’ Avalon Development has had success attracting a mix of service, retail and office tenants to a string of redeveloped properties at 715, 723, 731, and 737 Main Street.
Jacobs’ tenant Avalon Document Services is doubling in size and relocating from 723 Main Street to 739 Main. The rear building will be converted into enclosed parking for fifteen cars according to The Buffalo News.
Next door, the largest undeveloped building in the 700 block of Main Street is still for sale. 743 Main (above) has been on and off the market since 2007. Priced at $1 million in 2010 it now has a $1.5 million asking price and is listed with Hastings + Cohn Real Estate. The three-story building contains 33,000 sq.ft. of space and is the longtime home to DC Theatricks and former location of Rick Cycle Shop that moved to Allentown in 2008.
According to the listing, the Main Street section of the property has 6,600 sq.ft. floors with 12′-15′ ceiling heights and a full basement. The Washington Street portion is one-story with approximately 6,400 sq.ft. and is clear span with a 28′ domed ceiling that could be converted to indoor parking.
Current owner Nathan Associates LLC purchased the property in July 2003 and had announced plans to convert the upper floors into eight loft-style apartments and open a 400-seat theater in the Washington Street side of the building. Renovation of the property was put on hold when Nathan Associates investor Rohit Kapoor took over management of the Tralfamadore Café in late 2003 and ran into financial and operational problems.