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Windows, Cafe, and New Tenant for 500 Block

What a difference some windows can make.  For the first time in decades, the second story of 535 Main Street has windows overlooking Main Street.  

Kevin Helfer and Paul Lamparelli are redeveloping the four-story, circa-1851 building with 6,800 sq.ft. of space.  It is one of a growning number of projects underway on this critical downtown block.


Plans for the first floor will be tenant-driven. Residential space will occupy the building’s upper floors. A second floor apartment will have over 2,000 sq.ft. of living space. The third and fourth floors will feature two, two-story loft units.



At nearby 523 Main Street (below), Perk’s Café and Market is opening its second downtown location in a three-story building owned and renovated by Roger Trettel.  Perk’s offering include sundries, coffee, bagels, breakfast sandwiches and lunches including soups, salads, and sandwiches.  Perk’s original location is in Trettel’s Buehl Block Building at 36 Broadway, corner of Ellicott Street.



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A storefront at 517 Main Street (below), home of Main Street Studios and another renovation project by Roger Tretel, has recently been filled by DiDonato Associates, Inc., an engineering and design firm.  One less vacant storefront downtown.

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535 and 523 Main construction photos and 523 window sign photo by 500 Block Main Street facebook page.  Historic photo of 535 Main from Preservation Ready site.

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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