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Renovation plans for an historic Pearl Street building will be reviewed by the Preservation Board this week. The charming three-story building at 130 Pearl Street has a mixed-use future. Architectural and engineering firm Trautman Associates is converting the upper floors of 130 Pearl Street into 12 apartments with ground floor retail or office space. Trautman purchased the former home of Stewart Title Insurance Company for $660,000 in August 2020. Built in 1916, 130 Pearl Street currently contains 14,000 sq.ft. of space and is located between the Guaranty Building and the recently-renovated Cathedral Commons building in the Joseph Ellicott Historic District.…

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Lofts @ 1200 is open and is a nice addition to Elmwood Village. The 38,260 sq.ft. building has 26 market-rate apartments on its upper floors including seven one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom units. Whitesand Family LP’s four-story building at 1020 Elmwood replaces three structures that occupied the site. Abstract Architecture designed the $6.2 million project. Twenty-three parking spaces are provided on-site, located behind the commercial spaces with the residential component of the development construction over the parking area. The exterior consists of brick veneer, terra cotta cladding, and fibre cement rainscreen. The fourth floor is setback from the front and rear…

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Norstar Development USA is finishing up construction on 166 rental units along Niagara Street where the Paul Rudolph-designed Shoreline Apartment complex was demolished. Eighteen new buildings are being built and Georgia Street is being extended west to Seventh Street (below). The Georgia Street extension will connect Niagara Street to 7th Street – helping to restore the original grid street pattern of the neighborhood that was eliminated in order to create the superblock on which the original complex was built. The new units include 70 townhouses and 96 apartments in two three-story buildings at the corner of Niagara and Georgia that will…

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is proceeding with plans for a transit hub along North Division Street downtown.  A request for proposal for architectural and engineering services for the Metro – Division Street Linear Transit Hub is out with proposals due June 8. The transit hub comprises three block frontages from Main Street to the Metropolitan Transportation Center. Its signature design element is a linear transit plaza with a special paving scheme that extends east-west from Ellicott Street to Main Street, visually and physically tying together three disparate blocks and linking three transit modes: rail, local bus, and intercity bus.…

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A former synagogue at 1235 Hertel is being transformed into a multi-tenant retail space. Michael Poczkalski, owner and principal designer of michael P. design and room, and David Brugh, owner and principal barber at Crockett & Co., will be relocating their businesses to the property they are calling “The Monocle.” See back-story here. Besides michael P. design, room, and Crockett & Co., additional gift, retail, and social experiences will be incorporated into the 9,268 sq.ft. structure.

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There can only be hope that Buffalo will continue forth as a more united community than ever, in the face of such a horrific tragedy. As neighbors rally to aid those who are suffering, and in need, countless efforts are underway to help to alleviate the pain and anger, and the feeling of sorrow that is consuming all of Buffalo. Whether it’s the efforts of Buffalo Community Fridge that organized an overwhelming food donation drive at their Resource Center at 347 East Ferry, or Unapologetic Coffee’s offer to store perishable foods in their fridges, the City of Good Neighbors is living…

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Sinatra & Company Real Estate’s renovation of the former Casa di Pizza location at 477 Elmwood is in full swing. The 11,000 sq.ft. building will include five apartments on the second floor and first floor commercial space. Apartments will include three one-bedroom apartments ranging from 645 to 755 sq.ft. and two two-bedroom units ranging from 932 to 970 sq.ft. One of the one-bedroom apartments will be restricted as affordable. Market-rate units are expected to range from $1,105 to $2,200 according to information provided to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency which provided tax breaks for the project. Sinatra purchased the…

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Two, three-unit apartment buildings are planned for the edge of the Larkin District.  Shanahan Holdings LLC is developing the twin buildings on a 7,696 sq.ft. lot located at 140 Seymour Street.  Abstract Architecture is working on the project plans. From the application: The proposed new construction is for two three-unit residential structures in an existing residential neighborhood. Both buildings are proposed as two-story, wood-framed structures providing a total of six new residential units, providing a mix of four two-bedroom and two one-bedroom units. Seven parking spaces are proposed on site, with access only from the rear of the property from…

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Douglas Jemal’s appetite for downtown property appears insatiable. Yesterday he bought 11 East Mohawk and 464 Washington Street for $1,137,500. Jacobbi Realty was the seller of the properties which are occupied by JJ’s Casa Di Pizza. The three-story East Mohawk building contains 11,610 sq.ft. of space.  464 Washington is a vacant parcel used for outdoor dining.  The two properties are kitty-corner to the Mohawk Ramp which Douglas Development was selected to purchase from the City to add additional parking and top with 200 apartments.  They are also south of the Century Theater lot that Jemal is under contract to buy…

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A second downtown residential conversion project is converting to condominiums.  Priam Enterprises is planning to sell the apartments at The Glenny as condominiums.  The five-story building at 251 Main Street contains 36 one and two-bedroom units and ground floor commercial space. Rents in the building started at $1,190. Priam Enterprises renovated the ornate circa-1873 building ion 2016.  It is the only five-story building in Buffalo with a cast iron façade. One-quarter of the building’s 36 units are two-story residences featuring open living rooms and large loft spaces that function either as a bedroom or a large second living space. Priam has…

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