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500 Franklin Building Shows its Face

The Buffalo News this morning has a front elevation for a new apartment project at 500 Franklin Street.   Architect Matt Moscati’s (TRM Architect) Franklin 500 LLC is proposing a 15-unit apartment, three-story apartment building for the site where a fire-damaged building was demolished last month.  It is located just north of Allen Street in the Allentown Historic Preservation District.

The new building will include 14 studio apartments ranging from 539 to 591 sq.ft. and one, two-level, two-bedroom apartment at the front of the building overlooking Franklin Street with 1,394 sq.ft. of space. A lobby and an entrance to the enclosed thirteen car parking area will occupy the ground floor along Franklin.


The building will have a red brick façade with a precast cornice.  Two doorways front the building, one an entrance to the lobby, the second an emergency exit.  A pair of ground floor arches frame the lobby area on the right and provide an entrance to the parking area on the left.  Commercial space is not proposed.


The sides show a mix of red brick, finished DensGlass sheathing, and cement board. Limestone block will be placed along the foundation.  There will be a 1,315 sq.ft. rooftop patio for tenants and a green roof area.

The Buffalo Preservation Board last week tabled the matter primarily due to the lack of a front elevation in the application package.  The project is scheduled to be reviewed by the Planning Board on Tuesday.  Work could start next spring and be completed by Fall according to The News.

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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