A trio of projects are expected to give Niagara Street a boost. D’Youville College is proposing a Science and Art Center on Niagara Street at Jersey Street and an athletic field and field house on nearby Porter Avenue at Fourth Street. And in a big win for the street, a developer is proposing to rehab 885 Niagara Street for residential and commercial uses.
D’Youville College will be sharing its plans for the $20 million Science and Art Center at a neighborhood meeting on Thursday night from 6 to 7 PM in the first floor meeting room of Madonna Hall. D’Youville is proposing to demolish half of the former Gateway-Longview Building, restore what remains, and construct a new entrance atrium and four-story addition.
The former Gateway-Longview building complex is approximately 60,000 square feet and is comprised of a small central building, flanked by a north wing (auditorium), a 1950 addition, and a circa-1928 south wing. The plan calls for replacing the north wing and central building by new construction while the 1928 addition will be retained. The complex will total 80,000 sq.ft.
D’Youville is also proposing to construct its first outdoor athletic facilities. Land has been steadily acquired secured to create new facilities at the foot of Porter Avenue at Fourth Street. The project carries a $4.2 million price tag.
At the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Niagara Street, plans are in the works by Regan Development to convert the former “Architectural Circus” building into apartments and first floor retail space. Three-story, 39,649 sq.ft. building is located at 885 Niagara Street. Further details are lacking from the Planning Board agenda.