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In Rehab: 867-871 Seneca Street

Larkin Development Group is best known for the rehabilitation of the Larkin Commerce Center and several other buildings surrounding Larkin Square at Seneca and Swan streets. It has also purchased over three dozen smaller properties in the neighborhood in recent years both vacant lots and underutilized or vacant buildings. It is currently gutting two of its smaller buildings for eventual reuse on Seneca Street.


867 (right) and 871 (left) Seneca Street, two of the smaller buildings Larkin Development Group owns, are currently being gutted and prepared for eventual reuse. They’re at the eastern gateway into the Larkin District as they are the first properties on the south side of Seneca Street west of Smith Street.

“We’re primarily doing shell work including roof, masonry andcarpentry, windows, façade, as well as getting the interior ready for someone else’s imagination and handy work,” says Howard Zemsky, managing partner of Larkin Development Group.

“We envision live-work space with residential upstairs and a studio or office on the first floor,” he says. “The interior has been cleared out to provide maximum flexibility for a new design. We aren’t actively marketing it at this time. We’ll be flexible depending on use and enthusiasm for helping to pioneer the revival of the district.”

According to the City’s property database, 867 Seneca has 1,848 sq.ft. of space and was built in 1906. Neighboring 871 Seneca has 2,244 sq.ft. and was built in 1888.

Get Connected: Larkin Development Group: 716.362.2677


Written by WCPerspective


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