Crews today are removing the paint from 9 Genesee Street, capping off a renovation of the circa-1845 structure. Architect Steve Carmina and his wife Brenda purchased the 4,000 sq.ft. commercial building in 2013 and moved into the top three floors a year later. In June, Just Fries opened in the first floor space.
Work is also winding down next door at 5-7 Genesee as well. There, Carmina is teaming with Roger Trettel, Steven A. Carmina, an accountant; and Joe Piccone, owner of Bison Electrical Services, to restore two interconnected buildings. Two, large two-story apartments, one with 1,350 sq.ft. 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 ground floor will be occupied by a new restaurant run by Martin Danilowicz, chef-owner of Martin Cooks. St. Laurence Restoration Co. is construction manager.
The highly visible projects front Roosevelt Plaza and join a number of recent reuse projects on the 500 block along with streetscape work completed under the Return Cars to Main Street project.
Carmina’s firm has been involved in a number of downtown projects including Webb Lofts, The Lafayette, 100 South, West Huron Lofts, The Martin Group’s offices, the conversion of the Tishman Building, Phoenix Brewery Lofts, apartments at 298 Main Street, Compass East, and others.
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