One of downtown’s most amazing transformations is wrapping up. Schneider Development is putting the finishing touches on Turner Bros. Lofts, the adaptive reuse of four historic buildings at 295 Niagara Street. The 55,000 sq.ft. project sits on the edge the historic West Village at one of the main entryways into downtown and features 40 apartments and first floor commercial space.
Architect Schneider Design, P.C. has incorporated numerous historical features into the residences including large timber and concrete post and beam framing, fire doors, brick walls, and clay speed tile. The earliest of the structures making up the complex dates to 1853 and was built for Turner Bros., a producer and international distributor of syrup, cordials, bitters, and other “medicinal tonics.” In recent years the site was occupied by Armor Storage.
Though the first tenants will not be moving in until May 1, one-quarter of the units have been pre-leased. The building features in-unit laundries, gated parking, a fitness center, a pet wash station, bicycle storage, and a roof deck with sweeping views of the downtown skyline, Lake Erie and Canada. Rents for the 32 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments range from $925 to $1,750.
Start-up food company Ru’s Pierogi will have a full-scale commercial kitchen to support production and distribution operations and an on-site restaurant/bar. It will serve as a home base for their food truck operations as well.
Schneider Development purchased the site in January 2014 and R&P Oakhill was construction manager. The project was the recipient of a $1.5 million loan through the Better Buffalo Fund, a signature initiative of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program. First Niagara Bank provided financing and also purchased the project’s historic preservation tax credits.
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