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Erie Freight House Makes Way for New Residential

Demolition of the Erie Freight House began earlier today, clearing the way for the construction of Buffalo River Landing, a new 78 unit luxury apartment building along the Buffalo River at One South Street (along Ohio Street). The development team is a partnership made up of contractor/developer Sam Savarino and Frontier Group of Companies, LLC.

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The 62 one-bedroom units are about 900 sq. ft. and start at $1,200 per month. There are also 16 two-bedroom units which are around 1,800 sq. ft. and start at $2,800 per month. Amenities include secured/covered parking, balconies, large windows, in-unit laundry, and high-end finishes. Dock access will accommodate launching of kayaks, canoes, and small recreational watercraft. Large boats will be able to dock temporarily and the riverfront will be publicly accessible.

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Constructed circa 1868, the Erie Freight House was the last surviving example of a building type that once dominated the Buffalo River. While it was a structure significant to the city’s history in shipping and relation to the Erie Canal, it had fallen into severe disrepair over the years. Portions of the original structure will be incorporated into the new 125,000 sq. ft. building. According to the project website, “[…]the freight house’s brick foundation will remain and be visible from the water’s edge. An agreement has been reached with Preservation Buffalo Niagara on a protocol for the salvage, inventory and storage of remnants of the Erie Freight House for possible reuse or repurposing at another time and place.”

Remediation of the site will begin once demo is complete, with the rest of construction starting the first of May. Completion of the Chaintreuil | Jensen | Stark-designed building is slated for April 2016.

Get Connected: Buffalo River Landing, 716.332.5959

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Written by Tim Scanlon

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