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1st Chandler Street Project Reaches Completion

This past Friday, developer Rocco Termini hosted a cocktail party, to celebrate the opening of a number of new businesses and companies within the former Linde Air Manufacturing complex at 155 Chandler Street. Of course, the beverages of choice at the soirée were fermented by BlackBird Cider Works, and brewed by Thin Man Brewery, both of which have found homes within this START-UP NY zone. Blackbird is in the building, and Thin Man is being built across the street. Barrel + Brine Café and Taproom has also found a home within the building. 

For the first time, Chandler Street was buzzing with people other than architects, planners, and construction workers. The owners of Utilant and EnrG were on hand, showing off their new digs, as were employees of the companies, friends of the owners, supporters of the development project, and gawkers who wanted to check out the new complex. 

As people milled about outside in the courtyard, and inside the building, the sounds of construction filled the air. That’s because this is the first adaptive reuse project in the district to reach completion, with many more to come. Across the street, the sounds of progress can be heard loud and clear, with another adaptive reuse project underway, and a new build going up next to that (more on that to come).

^The complex includes four loft units – photos by Dave Weitzel

But it is the former Linde Air Manufacturing complex that is the current star of the Chandler Street resurrection. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this complex now stands tall among the Chandler Street ruins. Along the way we lost one or two key players (buildings) that would have added greatly to this renaissance. If it wasn’t for Termini’s vision, we would have lost a lot more. It’s a bittersweet victory, but there’s a lot more sweet than bitter, now that we’re seeing the fruits of the labor paying off. Stay tuned for more on this recent development, along with some exciting art advancement that are currently underway on the street.

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Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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