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homestar
Jan 4, 2010, 6:21 AM
Even Rocco suggested that mothballing the Statler in a recent Biz First story is the best short-term option.
Has there ever been a properly "mothballed" building in Buffalo?
Do they even know how to go about doing that?

westcoastperspective
Jan 4, 2010, 2:43 PM
Has there ever been a properly "mothballed" building in Buffalo?
Do they even know how to go about doing that?

Likely No. And No. :shrug:

Sounds like the key is making sure the roof is whole and draining all the pipes of water. Oh, and keeping the vagrants and metal/architectural detail thiefs out. :rolleyes:

steel
Jan 4, 2010, 6:14 PM
Likely No. And No. :shrug:

Sounds like the key is making sure the roof is whole and draining all the pipes of water. Oh, and keeping the vagrants and metal/architectural detail thiefs out. :rolleyes:

Actually the answer is yes. There is a mansion on Delaware that had a devastating fire. All the sections that were too weak were demolished leaving just three walls standing which were properly braced as saved for restoration. A new building has been built within the walls and now you cannot tell anything ever happened. Also up the street the old University club sat empty for years with its windows boarded. The wood coverings were painted a dark green and the building was generally maintained. Paladino put high end apartments in there a few years ago. I would suggest that the Central Terminal is another case of a building being properly mothballed. Of course this did not happen until after a lot of damage was done.

kznyc2k
Jan 6, 2010, 8:56 AM
Boy it was good to be back in the Buff! I really soaked in the city during my five days there (saw my first commercial for Airport Plaza Jewelers (and their dink building) in years, and I'm not sure why but I absolutely positively loved it). I also took about eleventy million pictures, so look for photo threads in the near future.

But for now, here's the construction shots. Most pics date to Dec 30th, with a few from January 2nd.

First up is Genesee Gateway:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4249615333_4f602b3730_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2513/4249612345_424feb55b1_b.jpg

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4250489940_b22385207c_b.jpg

Franklin Street hotel:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4250391284_91a7efbcdd_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2691/4249616873_1883c123ee_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2752/4250439004_b88095694a_b.jpg

Tishman Building's new ground floor:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4250439732_fc5e47638c_b.jpg

AC Lofts:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/4250441404_9ba2ff415c_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4250442062_a213df18ca_b.jpg

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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2724/4249667303_5080e85e25_b.jpg

Canal Side:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4249669659_b5fce1f50e_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4033/4250444138_6c39a331f0_b.jpg

the casino:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2734/4250444824_2945ddf5eb_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2619/4250446380_f73e27e03b_b.jpg

Transportation Museum and its new facade:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2685/4249715435_ef1c96b28e_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4249715905_11f5b86061_b.jpg

Addition to City Honors:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2445/4250494950_88ef37a9a0_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2724/4250493670_2deb57c21e_b.jpg

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http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2702/4249722601_60fde9575f_b.jpg

and a house directly across from CHS in the process of coming down:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4250495572_5c1bc7deff_b.jpg

AM&A Warehouse:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2688/4249755097_c6e6d8d758_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2701/4249756163_26fe211fd1_b.jpg

Last but definitely not least...the courthouse:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4249618393_ae63812a40_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2703/4250392964_d76fa4d4a5_b.jpg

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4250527368_d549479453_b.jpg

BUFFALOVE!!
Jan 6, 2010, 3:04 PM
^^the one you weren't sure of is the AM&A's ware houses. being developed into apartments and office space by rocco.

this was a top headline in yahoo news. another black eye for the city
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Buffalos-debt-collectors-apf-2226423347.html?x=0

Austinlee
Jan 6, 2010, 4:24 PM
Thanks for the photos kznyc! What material is that on the courthouse exterior? Concrete panels?

westcoastperspective
Jan 6, 2010, 5:12 PM
Very nice! Makes me homesick!

BUFFALOVE!!
Jan 6, 2010, 6:47 PM
Thanks for the photos kznyc! What material is that on the courthouse exterior? Concrete panels?

something like that, but glass is going to go over the whole surface of the building. should be starting shortly. here are some construction and rendering photos

http://www.buffalospree.com/Buffalo-Spree/December-2009/So-far-so-good-the-new-federal-courthouse/

Dr Nevergold
Jan 7, 2010, 1:14 AM
Thanks for the photos!

KevinFromTexas
Jan 7, 2010, 1:26 AM
What a unique building.

Paul in S.A TX
Jan 7, 2010, 3:57 AM
Buffalo has great architecture and historic core.

sullymon54
Jan 19, 2010, 7:06 PM
Buffalo State Dorm construction along Grant Street.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4288023595_d66eafae64_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4288023491_cd1a579717_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2792/4288764602_7c881d0670_o.jpg

BUFFALOVE!!
Jan 19, 2010, 9:04 PM
Does anyone have renderings of the under construction buff state dorms?

Sulley
Jan 19, 2010, 9:59 PM
OMG it's not just gray skies... its Buffagray. eek!

I'm really not sure what to think of the Courthouse... I know it hasn't been totally cladded yet, but still... I suppose I'll reserve judgement.

Fortunate4Now
Jan 20, 2010, 12:15 AM
Does anyone have renderings of the under construction buff state dorms?

The last one i remember seeing:

http://www.buffalorising.com/assets_c/2009/05/dorm1-thumb-505xauto-3489.png

http://www.buffalorising.com/dorms3.png

Fortunate4Now
Jan 20, 2010, 12:19 AM
Also don't know if anyone noticed but I finally got the drawing for the Avant updated:
http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=17000

and also one for HSBC arena:
http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=84305

westcoastperspective
Jan 25, 2010, 8:03 PM
The real Avant looks sharp in this view from the Tishman Bldg-

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/2623/dsc0222b.jpg

believeinbflo
Jan 26, 2010, 2:37 PM
The real Avant looks sharp in this view from the Tishman Bldg-

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/2623/dsc0222b.jpg

god that is sexy.

maybe in 5 years first niagara can anchor another glass tower nearby.

westcoastperspective
Jan 27, 2010, 2:03 PM
Kissling's Allentown Lofts project is done- 6 of the 10 units are leased and tenants start moving in next week. If you're in Buffalo, they're having an open house the next three Saturday/Sundays from 10-2. I've seen most of the downtown housing projects and this one has some of the biggest units and best finishes. First class job (and rents to prove it).

http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/6774/dsc0326h.jpg

http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/1856/dsc0323h.jpg
Former main entrance is now part of one of the two-level units.

http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/5266/dsc0320o.jpg

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4039/dsc0300q.jpg

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/141/dsc0279u.jpg

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/3566/dsc0306j.jpg
View from rooftop patio.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/696/dsc0271rp.jpg

More, and video, here:
http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/01/allentown-lofts-sets-a-new-standard.html

Downtown Bolivar
Jan 28, 2010, 6:44 PM
Is anyone curious about what the money in the HSR bill for "station improvements in Buffalo and Rochester" is all about?
Here's a list organized by geographic area:
http://tinyurl.com/yb3cr83

Caug124
Feb 19, 2010, 5:03 PM
Downtown Projects Keep Moving in the Right Direction:

Hotel Lafayette - http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/02/22/story11.html?b=1266814800^2904071

Curtiss- http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/02/15/daily34.html?surround=lfn

AM&A's Warehouse - http://www.buffalonews.com/407/story/960587.html

westcoastperspective
Feb 20, 2010, 2:44 PM
Ironic that Brown was giving his state of the city address at the convention center while across the street workers were boarding up the Statler. :rolleyes:

Also- why the plywood? AM&As has been vacant for a decade and its windows are still intact. Are they really concerned about looters on Niagara Square????

westcoastperspective
Feb 26, 2010, 10:16 PM
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/6775/dsc0806p.jpg (http://img21.imageshack.us/i/dsc0806p.jpg/)

Apartments, market may sprout in city
Business First of Buffalo - by James Fink

A 114-year-old building that dominates a West Side neighborhood may soon find new life as a mixed-used development, anchored by apartments and Buffalo’s first year-round, indoor farmer’s market.

Architect Karl Frizlen, a veteran of historic restoration and urban development projects, has put together a limited-liability corporation, 346 Connecticut LLC, to transform the former Horsefeathers antiques property on Connecticut Street into the $3.5 million development.

Tentative plans call for using the building’s basement and first floor as an indoor farmer’s and vendor’s market, with the upper four floors used as the home of 16 apartments.

The five-story, 30,000-square-foot building dates to 1896 and has been used as a furniture store, warehouse and as Horsefeathers’ longtime home. The business moved to Chandler Street three years ago.

The building has been vacant since then.

“It’s a solid building and strongly built, especially with its wooden floors,” Frizlen said.

He wants to dedicate about one-third of the building for the farmer’s and vendor’s market.

“The downtown market (run by Buffalo Place) is great, but even at this time of the year, people are looking for a permanent place to buy local fruits, vegetables and baked goods,” Frizlen said.

The IDA hearing is the first of many he must clear before renovation work can begin, he added.

Frizlen has the building under contract but has yet to close the deal, saying, “There are still a few more pieces that need to fall into place.”

In addition to the IDA incentives, he is looking to land historic tax credits from the state. Negotiations are under way with other financial partners, Frizlen added.


http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/02/22/daily28.html

sullymon54
Mar 2, 2010, 11:14 PM
Let the failure train roll on


Hotel Lafayette to be closed, renovation plans in jeopardy
By Brian Meyer
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: March 02, 2010, 10:15 am
Published: March 02, 2010, 9:33 am

The Hotel Lafayette will be closed and boarded up on April 1, The Buffalo News has learned.

And a developer who hopes to renovate the landmark said delays in Albany could derail his plan to turn the structure into apartments and a hotel.

The manager of the landmark building at Lafayette Square confirmed today that the remaining 40 tenants have been given eviction notices. The Lafayette Tap Room, a popular downtown bar inside the structure, closed Saturday.

Audio: Rocco Termini discussing the Hotel Lafayette's future this morning

Developer Rocco Termini delivered the jolting announcement today at a special meeting of the city's Planning Board. He said delays in Albany involving needed reforms of a state historic tax credit law could doom his $35 million plan to turn the Hotel Lafayette into a boutique hotel, apartments, small restaurants and banquet facilities.

Termini blamed "bean-counters" in the state's budget and finance offices for delays.

Further stalling will jeopardize the project and threaten the long-term future of the Hotel Lafayette, Termini warned.

"If that building closes, it will not last a winter," he said, noting that the century-old structure contains delicate plaster work and other architectural details that would be compromised by a long-term mothballing.

Timothy Jones, chief building engineer at the Hotel Lafayette, confirmed that the structure will be closed within four weeks.

"It's costing vast thousands of dollars to keep the building open," he said, adding that the January gas bill alone approached $39,000.

Jones said he will continue to serve as caretaker of the building when it closes.

The news of Hotel Lafayette's closing comes shortly after the Statler Towers was closed and boarded up following an investment group's failure to close on a sale. Termini rattled off a long list of empty downtown structures that have been boarded up, calling it a spreading "cancer."

"Buffalo is going to start looking like a ghetto, and we have the bean-counters in Albany deciding the fate of Buffalo," Termini told the Planning Board.

Termini said he had hoped to finalize a purchase of the Hotel Lafayette soon, but with ongoing delays in Albany, the future is cloudy.

"There's only a glimmer of hope, and the patient is on life-support," he said today.

One of the major problems with the existing law, developers argue, is that it does not allow them to sell the tax credits to banks and insurers, who are among the biggest potential buyers.

The Planning Board gave its unanimous endorsement to Termini's project today, and board member Frank Manuele said he thinks the city should put pressure on Albany to approve changes in the law.

"I've had a long-running dislike for the state bureaucracy," said Manuele, a former city planning director. "They're not the bottom of the barrel. They're underneath the barrel, as far as I'm concerned."

westcoastperspective
Mar 5, 2010, 10:04 PM
Mark Croce's Elmwood/W. Huron project:

http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/6106/bdctwo.png

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/03/croce-on-ramp-no-more-concrete-bunkers.html

Caug124
Mar 7, 2010, 3:40 PM
We need parking and this is a visually pleasing way to do this. Hopefully, they will find a way to integrate some ground floor retail. A dry cleaning annex, deli, bank. Nothing ground breaking, but just something just to make sure it is not a dead block on the ground floor.

Very exciting.

Jas
Mar 8, 2010, 6:35 PM
[QUOTE=westcoastperspective;4732239]Mark Croce's Elmwood/W. Huron project:


11 Floors of parking? Damn...I will be dizzy by the time I make it to the top!

Bison716
Mar 8, 2010, 11:52 PM
He does mention ground retail and/or restaurant

BUFFALOVE!!
Mar 11, 2010, 1:52 PM
First Niagara leases 30,000 sqft of office space... in Amherst :(

http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/03/11/984116/first-niagara-keeps-growing.html

I bet they could have gotten the naming rights to Main Place tower if they took 30,000 feet there

westcoastperspective
Mar 11, 2010, 2:09 PM
First Niagara leases 30,000 sqft of office space... in Amherst :(

http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/03/11/984116/first-niagara-keeps-growing.html

I bet they could have gotten the naming rights to Main Place tower if they took 30,000 feet there

Cathedral Place too for just 20k of space. :rolleyes:

The good news is that the lease is for only two years meaning this is just a short-term solution to their space needs.

Caug124
Mar 11, 2010, 6:09 PM
Does anyone know how long the lease at the Larkin Exchange is?The clients seem to be out there for that class a space.

Celino & Barnes office hunt was difficult, they looked at many things before setting at the top of the main place tower. (I believe)

Another major law firm will finishing there lease at HSBC. Which we had a new or refurbed building for them to go into.

westcoastperspective
Mar 11, 2010, 7:08 PM
Does anyone know how long the lease at the Larkin Exchange is?The clients seem to be out there for that class a space.

Celino & Barnes office hunt was difficult, they looked at many things before setting at the top of the main place tower. (I believe)

Another major law firm will finishing there lease at HSBC. Which we had a new or refurbed building for them to go into.

There isn't alot of new space available- Avant has three floors or 75,000 sq.ft. There's room for one or two new buildings- but developers want some pre-leasing before moving forward. Court Street Tower, Croce's new project, Krog's plan for Church Street, Larkin new buildings- all want a big lease before moving forward. Genny Gateway has space, but it really isn't class A (too many columns and not efficient floor plates for large users).

Several developers have drawn up building plans to lure Phillips Lytle out of HSBC- would love to see what they've been offered by the likes of Uniland and Ciminelli.

westcoastperspective
Mar 18, 2010, 1:16 PM
Interesting news about Phillips Lytle's search for a new home (they deny they have selected the Donovan site, but we'll see):

However, he stressed that the firm has made no decision about where to locate, noting it has “no fewer than seven sites under consideration, all in downtown Buffalo,” and has not “expressed or developed a preference for one site over another.”

Aside from staying at HSBC, Donovan is the only existing building or rehab project that the law firm is seriously considering, McNamara said. Other options include building-to-suit on lots at the corner of Swan and Main streets, Seneca and Main streets, and along the Delaware Avenue and Franklin Street corridors between Niagara Square and Tupper Street.

Besides Ciminelli and Benderson, the firm has also received a range of proposals from Uniland Development Co., Ellicott Development Co. and Waterbourne Real Estate. At one time, officials were also evaluating the Cobblestone District, but “our focus has turned to sites more in the central business core,” McNamara said.

He said a decision is likely by the end of the year.


http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/03/18/991215/is-phillips-lytle-going-for-a.html

westcoastperspective
Apr 1, 2010, 4:13 AM
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/803/500seneca1.jpg

500 Seneca will be renovated and filled with light-industrial, office and residential tenants. Two of the floors are already spoken for. Plans include 14 loft apartments on the sixth floor.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2454/dsc0595p.jpg

http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/2131/500seneca4.jpg

Full:

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/04/mix-of-uses-planned-for-500-seneca-street.html

BUFFALOVE!!
Apr 4, 2010, 5:57 AM
I just found this and I'm disgusted

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/opinion/28moss.html

I cant believe the writer is a university professor.

I found it on this forum
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=180123
Fortunately Brandon716 has been keeping it real... thanks

sullymon54
Apr 5, 2010, 2:29 PM
This is a quick pic I snapped of the office building that's going up on the corner of elmwood and bryant. Interestingly enough they are using wood floor joists and plywood sheeting like a house. Something I didn't expect on a 3 story building.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2687/4493012725_f0c2ff8a70_o.jpg

westcoastperspective
Apr 8, 2010, 1:16 PM
My running tally of residential projects completed 'downtown' since the mid-80s. Corrections greatly appreciated! :shrug:

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/3978/2010completed.png

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/8974/2010ucpl.png

Caug124
Apr 8, 2010, 7:58 PM
This was a great post on Buff Rising it is too bad the comment section went in another direction as it usually does on there.

What about Pasquale? Do you consider that "downtown"? If so, add another 49 units!

Thanks,

Chris

westcoastperspective
Apr 8, 2010, 9:56 PM
This was a great post on Buff Rising it is too bad the comment section went in another direction as it usually does on there.

What about Pasquale? Do you consider that "downtown"? If so, add another 49 units!

Thanks,

Chris

Thanks! I didn't include Waterfront Village- many argue that is an enclave and not really "downtown" so I left it off the completed list (but then added the second tower and townhomes to the 'planned' list- wooops).

sullymon54
Apr 10, 2010, 10:03 PM
Buffalo State construction from Rees St. looking north.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4508493251_8cf4fe3465_o.jpg

BUFFALOVE!!
Apr 11, 2010, 12:55 AM
Buffalo State construction from Rees St. looking north.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4508493251_8cf4fe3465_o.jpg

I wish it were facing Grant. Its going to end up looking like the Canisius prison on Delavan. A small lawn behind a 6 foot fence

westcoastperspective
Apr 26, 2010, 5:43 PM
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/8228/dsc0037ws.jpg (http://img408.imageshack.us/i/dsc0037ws.jpg/)


Greenleaf & Co. is asking for Common Council approval tomorrow to be designated developer of the City-owned Summit Building at 918 Main Street. The property would be redeveloped along with a Greenleaf-owned building next door at 916 Main Street. First floor commercial space and thirteen market rate apartments are planned. Total cost: $9 million.

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/04/greenleaf-seeking-to-tackle-summit-building.html

westcoastperspective
May 10, 2010, 3:13 PM
http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/4746/youngandwright.png (http://img72.imageshack.us/i/youngandwright.png/)


Larkin project at Seneca and Emslie. Work underway- two floors of office space (Young + Wright Architectural moving here), plus two, two-bedroom apartment on third floor. Streetscape project along Seneca starts this month.

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/05/young-wright-architects-growing-in-larkin-district.html

westcoastperspective
May 16, 2010, 12:38 AM
Elmwood/Bryant

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/5209/img37201u.jpg (http://img684.imageshack.us/i/img37201u.jpg/)

westcoastperspective
May 26, 2010, 2:35 PM
From the Allentown Neighbor:

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/5834/cloister.jpg (http://img191.imageshack.us/i/cloister.jpg/)

BUFFALOVE!!
May 27, 2010, 2:31 AM
^^ i'm not sure how i feel about that. 100x better than a parking lot but doesn't really match the buildings across the street. speaking of which, they are in absolute shambles. especially the corner parking lot.

westcoastperspective
May 27, 2010, 1:23 PM
^^ i'm not sure how i feel about that. 100x better than a parking lot but doesn't really match the buildings across the street. speaking of which, they are in absolute shambles. especially the corner parking lot.

Edit: The properties on the Midway are mid-block, not the end properties. :rolleyes:

Bison716
Jun 3, 2010, 3:03 AM
I like it! I think it is a forward thinking design that our inner city really needs. We need to feed off of designs like these and incorporate them into our city's fabric and older architectural gems.

sullymon54
Jun 8, 2010, 6:32 PM
Buff State Construction

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4683017692_806f7c11fd_b.jpg

Already posted but though I would throw this one in as well

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4683017612_daf92a0e2b_b.jpg

Fortunate4Now
Jun 9, 2010, 4:47 PM
Has there been anything new regarding that Elmwood/forest hotel proposal? is this dead?

http://www.buffalorising.com/2009/02/betting-big-on-elmwoodforest.html

I was under the impression the properties changed hands and then instead of any demo/construction the old businesses moved out and new ones move in.

BuffaloBill
Jun 12, 2010, 5:44 AM
Where are the Buff State students going to park their cars?

:haha:

BuffaloBill
Jun 12, 2010, 6:12 AM
Freezer Queen Make-Over

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/6388/perspectiveseaor9.jpg

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/5061/dsc0329nv0.jpg

http://www.buffalorising.com/story/big_plans_for_the_outer_harbor


Any updates on this... took a nice walk along the pathway on Friday. Would be nice if that eyesore was removed or renovated.

Dr Nevergold
Jun 12, 2010, 6:27 AM
^Talk about a radical makeover, looks gorgeous!

BuffaloBill
Jun 12, 2010, 6:36 AM
I can't say whether that white/grey building is being renovated at all. I don't think so yet... but there were some construction vehicles on the property, but I wasn't close enough to see what exactly was going on. I was at the outer harbor area/small boat harbor.

eMKay
Jun 13, 2010, 12:16 AM
I'm at the small boat harbor all the time, it's where my boat is. I haven't seen anything since they tore down the metal building last year. If I see anything significant I'll post it. The construction vehicles there now are probably for Fuhrman blvd rebuild.

Fortunate4Now
Jun 13, 2010, 2:00 AM
Where are the Buff State students going to park their cars?

:haha:

There's certainly some real estate on the other side of grant..

BuffaloBill
Jun 13, 2010, 4:16 AM
There's certainly some real estate on the other side of grant..


I thought that was where the dormitory was going.

BuffaloBill
Jun 13, 2010, 4:17 AM
I'm at the small boat harbor all the time, it's where my boat is. I haven't seen anything since they tore down the metal building last year. If I see anything significant I'll post it. The construction vehicles there now are probably for Fuhrman blvd rebuild.


Sounds good. :tup:

Caug124
Jun 17, 2010, 7:44 PM
Is this the legislation that will get downtown buffalo over the hump or will there be another excuse in a few months?

Lets hope that they got it right!


http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/06/14/daily35.html?surround=lfn

Hoyt said there are in all some 10 projects in Western New York, totaling more than $175 million, that can begin after the bill is signed into law. Hoyt said he also sees potential in downtown Albany.

Read more: NY lawmakers pass ‘historic’ tax credits - Business First of Buffalo

westcoastperspective
Jun 17, 2010, 8:36 PM
Is this the legislation that will get downtown buffalo over the hump or will there be another excuse in a few months?

Lets hope that they got it right!


http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/06/14/daily35.html?surround=lfn

Hoyt said there are in all some 10 projects in Western New York, totaling more than $175 million, that can begin after the bill is signed into law. Hoyt said he also sees potential in downtown Albany.

Read more: NY lawmakers pass ‘historic’ tax credits - Business First of Buffalo

Absolutely...this IS a big deal.

Fortunate4Now
Jun 18, 2010, 12:06 PM
Friday, June 18, 2010
HSBC Center may get 10-story sidekick
Business First of Buffalo
by James Fink

Jim Courtney
Buffalo's tallest building may get a smaller companion structure next door.
View Larger The owner of HSBC Center is proposing construction of a 10-story tower adjacent to the city’s tallest office building.

The plan, which is in its earliest stage, would see Seneca One Realty LLC build a 600,000-square-foot tower as part of a multipronged effort to keep anchor tenant HSBC Bank USA in the 38-story HSBC Center.

The new tower would house a variety of HSBC operations – many of which are operating in the suburbs and elsewhere in Upstate New York – and help create a banking campus.

The building is proposed for the northwest corner of HSBC Center plaza near Pearl Street.

The campus would increase HSBC’s presence in the region. The bank has 6,000 local workers, including 4,000 in the central business district.

However, the plan remains conceptual. It hinges on HSBC’s decision to not only remain as anchor tenant but consolidate and bring new operations to downtown Buffalo.

Bank officials declined to comment on the proposal. Sources familiar with it would only speak on the project if they were not identified, due to confidentiality agreements.

The sources said representatives from Seneca One Realty have been meeting with Buffalo, Erie County and state officials. Mayor Byron Brown was briefed on the proposal and a meeting will be scheduled with Sen. Charles Schumer. Officials of Empire State Development Corp. also were briefed.

The proposal is considered central to Seneca One keeping HSBC Bank as anchor tenant in the nearly 1 million-square-foot office tower. The bank retained real estate behemoth Jones Lang LaSalle to assist with its Buffalo office needs. Several options are being considered, including remaining in HSBC Center or moving operations to a suburban site or leaving the area.

Jones Lang LaSalle dubbed the HSBC site search Project Pine. The search began late last year.

“As part of standard business practice, HSBC has initiated an RFP process to review how its future real estate requirements in Buffalo will best be met,” said HSBC Vice President of Public Affairs Neil Brazil in a prepared statement. “The company is currently looking at a range of options, one of which is to maintain the status quo. A final decision is not expected for some months.”

Seneca One officials declined to comment, citing confidentially agreements they signed with HSBC Bank.

The bank has anchored HSBC Center since the building opened in 1971, occupying 653,000 square feet. An estimated 2,700 people work in the building.

The bank’s lease expires in October 2013.

That’s two months before another major tenant in the tower, Phillips Lytle LLP, sees its lease expire. The law firm started a site search last year and expects to make a decision by late summer on whether it remains in the tower.

The concept of a banking campus for HSBC Bank is being warmly received by local leaders, who say that keeping the bank headquartered downtown is a top economic priority.

“Keeping and expanding a major anchor is a beneficiary in and among itself,” said Andrew Rudnick, Buffalo Niagara Partnership president and CEO.

If the Seneca One proposal is accepted by HSBC Bank, it would cement its presence downtown – something that goes back for more than a century. It also would provide a practical and psychological boost by bringing more workers to the core of the central business district.

“It certainly reinforces the urban core,” Rudnick said. “When an international company makes a major investment like that in this city, it has marquee value. It sells itself.”

The deal also would be a boost for the Canal Side development, which is being constructed one block away from HSBC Center. Canal Side plans more than 1 million square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space, plus at least two hotels and a series of canals and public, outdoor meeting space.

“I could see it (the HSBC campus) making it easier for Canal Side to bring in more specialty retailers,” Rudnick said. “It would help make Canal Side more viable.”



I say stack 10 stories on top of the exisiting tower :)

Caug124
Jun 18, 2010, 3:13 PM
M&T could dramatically expand their footprint in the northeast.

http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/06/18/1086668/as-santander-speculation-persists.html

This could turn out to be a big summer for downtown Buffalo.

chevy064
Jun 18, 2010, 8:37 PM
wooo - 10 whole floors.

Well - I let myself get all excited for the Adelphia Tower, Buffalo Creek Casino 22 story hotel tower, Bashaar Issa's remodel of the Statler Towers and of course Buffalo's new tallest - the Buffalo City Tower..........

....all UNBUILT.

I won't hold my breath waiting for this to happen either.

BUFFALOVE!!
Jun 18, 2010, 9:33 PM
If HSBC moves to the suburbs or even worse, out of the region, it would crush downtown for at least a decade. However if those suburban operations move into downtown that would be amazing. Realistically, is HSBC really going to abandon their signature tower that 50.000 people pass every day... Especially when Seneca One is catering to them so much right now. I'm sure the city and state are going to throw them all the bones they want.

In other news, today I went down to check out the progress of canal side and it looks like all the cobbel stone is in for the streets. And there is a crane, some building supplies and come construction traliers parked inside the hole that was once was the Aud. Anyone know anything?

And when is the downtown housing tour this year?

BUFFALOVE!!
Jun 18, 2010, 9:52 PM
And can someone fill me in on this proposed 'Cornucopia' project for the 500 block of main. That stretch needs all the love it can get!
http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/06/14/daily27.html?surround=lfn

westcoastperspective
Jun 18, 2010, 11:30 PM
If HSBC moves to the suburbs or even worse, out of the region, it would crush downtown for at least a decade. However if those suburban operations move into downtown that would be amazing. Realistically, is HSBC really going to abandon their signature tower that 50.000 people pass every day... Especially when Seneca One is catering to them so much right now. I'm sure the city and state are going to throw them all the bones they want.

In other news, today I went down to check out the progress of canal side and it looks like all the cobbel stone is in for the streets. And there is a crane, some building supplies and come construction traliers parked inside the hole that was once was the Aud. Anyone know anything?

And when is the downtown housing tour this year?

The construction at the Aud site may be for the underground parking ramp and other infrastructure the State is building for Bass Pro- BP would build their store on top (if/when they come). I thought that work was out for bid, but didn't hear if it was awarded.

No housing tour this year. I couldn't get home and a few developers thought it was a good idea to take a year off. :shrug:

Cornucopia will be retail plus five lofts stretching from Main to Washington. Golden Cup cafe is the anchor.

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/02/cornucopia.html#SlideFrame_0

Dr Nevergold
Jun 19, 2010, 5:51 AM
This is certainly the right decision if they proceed with it.

Downtown Bolivar
Jun 20, 2010, 3:37 AM
Buffalo needs to make this happen. We need a better example of a new building for downtown than Healthnow. IMHO I think a good way forward would be to turn older buildings into lofts and first floor retail and focus on building a mix of new office mid-rises and high-rises. Downtown needs to show it can offer large office floorplates plus integrated new technology-- something that downtown lacks. Downtown's problem is that it has lots crummy office space that no one wants to rent. From what I've heard, Seneca One has been a crummy landlord--it's no surprise that HSBC wants out. This is a landlord problem, not a city problem.

WildCowboy
Jun 20, 2010, 4:30 AM
60,000 sf is a very healthy floor plate for the annex. Considerably larger than most high-rise/downtown options, so that's a plus for the proposal.

westcoastperspective
Jun 20, 2010, 1:47 PM
Judging from the aerial, the empty plaza isn't 60,000 sq.ft. So it looks like the four (?) story "wing" along Pearl Street will be demolished. That would create enough room for the giant box Seneca One proposes. I hear that Seneca One is also proposing at least one other option off-site to accomodate the bank.

I know it's unlikely to happen, but I'd love to see what Seneca One and other developers are proposing to build for HSBC and where. While a new tower would be great, if HSBC leaves the building, it'll set the downtown office market back ten years- that's how long it will take to backfill that space. You'll also see the tower go into foreclosure.

BuffaloBill
Jun 22, 2010, 7:09 PM
More Freezer Queen talk


http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/06/22/1090105/project-on-freezer-queen-site.html

sullymon54
Jun 26, 2010, 7:49 PM
Canal side pics from a week ago.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4735253193_7e0e142a31_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4735890982_621896882d_b.jpg

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/4735890916_a92dac13fa_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4735890846_2d1123032e_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4735252909_d2a32b33a9_b.jpg

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4735890690_f33057fde1_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4735252733_9ef0ea8367_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4735252659_a033321426_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4735890448_7109767463_b.jpg

Wishful thinking
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4735890374_d921f55a7d_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4735252389_b7557cdce2_b.jpg

westcoastperspective
Jun 28, 2010, 1:16 PM
Now for some development around those new streets... :rolleyes:

sullymon54
Jul 3, 2010, 5:27 PM
Update on the UB vascular research center

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4758156104_4a1b3f137c.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4757825390_1b18c041da_b.jpg

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4757825230_143748a61d_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4757825150_5b94bd6fc3_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4757188459_67102e2829_b.jpg

westcoastperspective
Jul 3, 2010, 10:35 PM
Love the chain link fence around the parking lot. Nice message to their neighbors. :rolleyes:

westcoastperspective
Jul 9, 2010, 1:40 PM
Brownstone project at 504 Washington has put the three, two-unit residences on MLS, $360,000 each:

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/07/trio-of-brownstone-units-hit-the-market.html

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/7013/5400820washington.png (http://img411.imageshack.us/i/5400820washington.png/)

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/4503/dsc0018dd.jpg

westcoastperspective
Jul 16, 2010, 1:09 PM
From Biz First, new view of Kaleida's Michigan Avenue nursing home:

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2185/kaleidaskillednursingu.jpg

westcoastperspective
Jul 31, 2010, 2:07 PM
An update on the projects announced and that got underway last year:

http://a.imageshack.us/img838/5656/2009updatef.png

westcoastperspective
Aug 5, 2010, 5:26 PM
38-40 lofts planned at 141 Elm Street. Greenleaf and Kolkmeyer have the building under contract.

http://a.imageshack.us/img824/7760/dsc0082c.jpg

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/08/elm-street-loft-project-planned.html

westcoastperspective
Aug 13, 2010, 5:11 PM
49 rental units and 2,000 sq.ft. of office space planned for 1040 Delaware, work just getting started. More here (http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/08/makeover-starts-at-1040-delaware-avenue.html).

http://a.imageshack.us/img683/6386/dsc0295gy.jpg

http://a.imageshack.us/img196/1327/1040one.png

BUFFALOVE!!
Aug 26, 2010, 5:54 PM
the glass on the new court tower looks terrible. i'm extremely disappointed. i am however excited about the second bidder for the statler. croce doesn't have a positive reputation in anything he does so i was worried when he posted a bid.

westcoastperspective
Aug 28, 2010, 3:24 AM
TVGA Consulting is moving from Elma to 620 Main Street, bringing 50 jobs to the heart of the Theater District and filling a building that has been empty for two years.

http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/08/23/daily51.html

http://a.imageshack.us/img27/7652/dsc0283wy.jpg

BUFFALOVE!!
Aug 30, 2010, 7:21 PM
TVGA Consulting is moving from Elma to 620 Main Street, bringing 50 jobs to the heart of the Theater District and filling a building that has been empty for two years.

http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/08/23/daily51.html

http://a.imageshack.us/img27/7652/dsc0283wy.jpg

I LOVE this building. I can't believe that it's been empty this long. Another huge Main st victory. And from the suburbs... awesome

westcoastperspective
Sep 10, 2010, 1:01 PM
100 S. Elmwood/Corn Exchange is going residential according to Biz First. Earlier renovation plans called for office space. 26 units and 6500 sq.ft. of ground floor commercial space.

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/3289/dsc0257kz.jpg (http://img638.imageshack.us/i/dsc0257kz.jpg/)

sullymon54
Sep 13, 2010, 4:33 PM
Thats an interesting project because of its proximity to the Avant and to that really nice neighborhood of brick homes in that area.


There's some kind of construction going on in the same building as the FBI headquarters. Its kind of behind city hall and next to that church. Does anyone know what this might be?

westcoastperspective
Sep 14, 2010, 1:21 AM
Thats an interesting project because of its proximity to the Avant and to that really nice neighborhood of brick homes in that area.


There's some kind of construction going on in the same building as the FBI headquarters. Its kind of behind city hall and next to that church. Does anyone know what this might be?

The credit union expansion?

westcoastperspective
Sep 14, 2010, 1:22 AM
Working starting on UB's Educational Opportunity Center at Ellicott and Goodell streets. One of the few downtown projects that involve new construction on a surface parking lot.

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/8060/eocb.png

http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/9828/eoca.jpg

westcoastperspective
Sep 15, 2010, 1:42 PM
Good news continues....
Chris Jacobs is renovating 678 Main Street, a property he bought last year. 14,000 sq.ft. of office/retail space (most of it pre-leased) and two live/work apartments on the Pearl Street side. He is single-handedly renovating the north end of the Theater District.

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/1558/678front5.jpg (http://img689.imageshack.us/i/678front5.jpg/)

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/09/mixed-use-project-planned-for-ornate-678-main-street.html

westcoastperspective
Oct 15, 2010, 1:21 PM
1800 space parking ramp in the Medical Campus (NW corner of High and Michigan).

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/3220/bnmcparking.jpg (http://img839.imageshack.us/i/bnmcparking.jpg/)

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/10/medical-campus-parking-ramp-breaks-ground-this-fall.html

westcoastperspective
Oct 16, 2010, 2:52 PM
Roger Trettel is planning 20-22 units at 290 Ellicott that has been vacant since the early-90s.

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/7346/dsc0567te.jpg (http://img257.imageshack.us/i/dsc0567te.jpg/)

Building will have ground floor commercial space, a workout room, enclosed parking and a rooftop patio.

http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/10/redevelopment-likely-at-290-96-ellicott-street.html

BUFFALOVE!!
Oct 16, 2010, 3:28 PM
http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2010/10/11/daily53.html?surround=lfn

Does this study include public education? UB, Buff State and the 3 ECCs alone would constitute thousands of of those 90K public jobs this article refers to. Does anyone know how many people work at each of these schools? Would be interesting to see

BUFFALOVE!!
Oct 26, 2010, 10:32 PM
I just saw this in business first. buffalo was named the second best american city to relocate to according to best places.net and posted on cnbc.com

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2010/10/26/buffalo-ranked-2nd-for-relocation.html

http://www.cnbc.com/id/39850148

yay! if only cnbc.com had a picture newer than from about '99. although sadly, only the trained eye can tell

BUFFALOVE!!
Oct 26, 2010, 10:36 PM
and the next time someone says one word about a new hotel in downtown slam this right in their face please!!!

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2010/10/26/hotel-occupancy-on-way-back-up.html

"...particularly downtown Buffalo that saw the July 2009 opening of the 150-room Embassy Suites and a $15 million top-to-bottom face lift of the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, did very well. Hotel occupancy in downtown Buffalo is among the strongest in the region."

“There’s definitely a strong story being told in downtown Buffalo,” Gallagher-Cohen said. “The product has rise with the Embassy Suites and Hyatt.”

year to date all of erie county is at 65% and the national average is 58%.

Caug124
Nov 10, 2010, 2:41 PM
I saw this in the paper today...

State Mental Hospital build in 1800's gets rehabbed for Mixed Use.

Even better, it happened in Traverse, MI which means if they can do it there we should be able to do it here!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/realestate/commercial/10traverse.html

BUFFALOVE!!
Nov 10, 2010, 11:52 PM
i'll give a whole quarter to anyone who can show give me a sneak peak of the new mid-rise @ main and high. http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article247859.ece

westcoastperspective
Nov 11, 2010, 2:12 PM
i'll give a whole quarter to anyone who can show give me a sneak peak of the new mid-rise @ main and high. http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article247859.ece

I've asked, but they aren't ready to release it. :rolleyes:

westcoastperspective
Nov 11, 2010, 2:13 PM
Early concept showing Statler/Convention Center link. It would provide 50,000 sq.ft. of exhibit space and allow access to the Statler's meeting rooms.

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/5100/site4c.jpg

http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/9865/site43c.jpg

westcoastperspective
Nov 13, 2010, 2:08 PM
From The Buffalo News:

Statler plan makes sense (http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial-page/buffalo-news-editorials/article251062.ece)

There is a very logical and sound way to save the Statler and avoid a $15 million bill to tear the building down and likely replace it with a parking lot.

Dennis Mullen, head of the New York State Economic Development Corp., has said he will come up with $5 million in state funds if the mayor comes up with $500,000 from the city. The mayor, in a very responsible reply, said he needs more details, but is prepared to come up with the $500,000. That would be enough to stabilize the building, under a creative plan outlined by two local prospective buyers.

:cheers:

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/7882/statlerasparkinglot.jpg

BUFFALOVE!!
Nov 19, 2010, 3:06 PM
another article to slam into the face of anti downtown hotel people!

http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article258511.ece

westcoastperspective
Nov 22, 2010, 2:29 AM
Elmwood/Bryant:

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3109/dsc0587x.jpg

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1687/dsc0585z.jpg

Utica Apartments:

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/9025/dsc0581lt.jpg