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Planing Mill Conversion Adding Life to Elm Street Corridor

TM Montante Development has the finish line in site sight on its redevelopment of the former E.M. Hager & Sons Planing Mill to office and residential space. C&S Companies has agreed to relocated its Buffalo office to the 141 Elm Street location doubling the size of the firm’s work space in the process. The balance of the building will be 22 loft apartments.

The oldest building in the historic complex is the three-story main block, constructed in 1878. The two-story wing to the north and the three-story section behind it were built a few years later (c. 1880) by a different wood working company. These buildings were eventually acquired by Hager and incorporated into the ever growing mill. The final addition came circa 1920 with the construction of a three-story wing that includes a mezzanine level. TM Montante Development purchased the site in 2012.


Three apartments have two levels and have private entrances and patios along the south side of the building. Two are one-bedroom units with 1,235 or 1,317 sq.ft. of living space. A two-bedroom unit has 1,394 sq.ft.

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A one-bedroom unit on the third floor has a lofted mezzanine area. The balance of the units are one bedrooms with 754 to 1,116 sq.ft. of living space or two bedrooms ranging from 997 to a 1,666 sq.ft. unit with two and one half bathrooms.  Three units on the third floor have patio space.


Rents range from $900 to $2,000/month. Occupancy begins September 1.

Preservation Studios handled the landmarking of the property and helped secure historic preservation tax credits.

Get Connected: TM Montante Development, 716.876.8899



Entry image by LaLuce Mitchell, others courtesy of TM Montante Development

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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