5 Genesee Street has new roof framing. A tedious restoration of the building along with neighboring 7 Genesee is underway promising to bring a much-needed new look to the highly visible properties.
Architect Steve Carmina is working with Roger Trettel, a pioneering downtown developer with other properties on the 500 block; Steven A. Carmina, an accountant; and Joe Piccone, owner of Bison Electrical Services, on the project. They purchased the properties in late 2013. St. Laurence Restoration Co. is
general contractor construction manager on the project.
The interconnected buildings will become residential and commercial space. The front façade will be restored and later additions to the rear of the building will be removed to create a courtyard.
Two, large two-story units, one with 1,350 sq.ft. and the other with 1,650 sq.ft., are planned on the upper floors along with a one-bedroom, single-level unit with 745 sq.ft.
The rehab of 5-7 will help finish off and give a new look to the north end of the 500 Block of Main Street that fronts Roosevelt Plaza that is undergoing a transformation as part of the Cars Sharing Main Street project.