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First Look: Ciminelli’s Proposed 1360 Niagara Street Conversion Project

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation is moving forward with its planned purchase and redevelopment of the Garrett Leather building at 1360 Niagara Street. Ciminelli is proposing 51 apartments and a small amount of commercial space for the property which it has under contract. Garrett Leather is moving to Cheektowaga later this year.

The 80,000 sq.ft. building was constructed in 1919 for the Mentholatum Company. The structure is a daylight factory of brick and concrete construction with four stories plus basement.



The structure will be redeveloped into a residential building with up to 51 one and two-bedroom apartments. There is also an attached single-story warehouse building of approximately 3,500 sq.ft. that will house support space for the residences and provide up to 2,500 sq.ft. of retail or restaurant space.

Parking will be accommodated in 3 ways. The basement level, which is currently used for parking will be reused in the same manner and will accommodate up to 38 vehicles. The property is 0.936 acres of which 19,500 sf is taken up by the building footprint. The remainder of the parcel will accommodate a minimum of 17 parking spaces according to Ciminelli. CJS Architects is project architect.

There is an adjacent dead end right-of-way, Brace Street, to the south of the property. Currently this street is used for surface parking and as access to the basement parking. The owner will coordinate the repaving and striping of the street with the City with the intention of using this as supplemental parking, adding up to 31 spaces. Total parking both on and offsite will be 86 spaces.

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The apartment units will be market rate and boast generous kitchens, walk-in closets, double vanities, pantries, in-unit laundry, fireplaces, and high level finishes. In addition, the project will provide an interior bicycle storage room, a multi-purpose community room, roof top patio, and additional basement storage. Ciminelli is working with Preservation Studios to obtain historic preservation tax credits for the project.

Redevelopment of 1360 Niagara brings the number of underway and proposed residential units in the Upper Black Rock neighborhood to 120 units. Underway is Ellicott Development’s 960 Busti Avenue with 18 units and 27,000 sq.ft. of commercial space, Ellicott’s 1088 Niagara with three units, seven units at 1469 Niagara Street by a partnership headed by Kevin Myszka, and 41 units in the Crescendo at 1502 Niagara Street by Angelo Natale, Bobby Corrao, Frank Parisi and Carl Savarino.

Get Connected: Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, 716.631.8010


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Written by WCPerspective


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