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Rumor Watch: Developer Eyes Phoenix Brewing Building

Another historic building is expected to get a mixed-use makeover.  I’ve heard from several sources a local developer is looking to buy the Phoenix Brewery (or what remains of the brewery) at 835 Washington Street for a “mixed-use project.”  State Historic Preservation Office representatives were in town this week to look at the property as redevelopment is expected to utilize historic preservation tax credits.  A recent sale at the property helped clear out the building for a new owner.

From The History of Buffalo website:

Phoenix, along with Schreiber’s brewery, was designed by Otto Wolf of Philadelphia who was both a mechanical engineer and an architect. Its base is also Medina sandstone. If you look carefully at the top on the Washington side, you can see the date 1888. The left, shorter side of the building was the brewery office; it is now a fitness center. The other part of the building was the cold storage facility and is now occupied as a warehouse by Lazy Boy furniture. This is resourceful usage of an old industry.

The 49,700 sq.ft. building is located at the southeast corner of Washington and Virginia streets, one block from Main Street and the Granite Works development and directly behind the Innovation Center.  Along with Krog Corp’s reuse of the Trico Complex, a redevelopment project at Phoenix Brewing would help bridge the Medical Campus to the Theater District and downtown.

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Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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