The Buffalo Preservation Board will be reviewing plans today to redevelop the Hudson Building, known as the long-time home of the Christian Science Room, at 483 Main Street. Rebecca and Pete McCauley’s 483 Main Street LLC purchased the property last for $230,000. A mix of commercial and residential space is planned. It is located adjacent to Martin Group’s recently-opened new headquarters.
There will not be significant exterior changes to the property whose façade dates to 1928 and was designed by Hudson & Hudson (the firm also designed the similar façade of the nearby Berger’s Building). The owners are working with Preservation Studios to obtain state and federal historic preservation tax credits for the project. The outside will be cleaned and the masonry repointed as necessary. Windows will be repaired and a roof deck is being added.
A two-bedroom residence is planned for the third floor. The second floor will be either another residential unit, office space, or a live/work unit depending on tenant demand. Commercial space will be available on the ground floor.
The McCauley’s join a growing trend of smaller investor/developers buying into downtown Buffalo particularly in and around the 500 block of Main Street.