Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Essex Homes are working together to convert a former Cadet Cleaners storage facility into a new West Utica apartment building in the village of Elmwood in Buffalo, the second largest city in the US state of New York and the seat of Erie County. .
Sinatra had previously obtained city approval to demolish the old brick structure, located at 169 W. Utica Street and vacant since 2016, but ended up rethinking their demolition plans after facing several criticisms from conservatives.
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If the city approves the change in plan, construction on the project, which will cost approximately US$7.2 million, will begin this summer.
Overview of the new West Utica apartment building
Designed by Silvestri Architects, a Buffalo-based company that provides schematic design, construction document and construction administration services, the new The West Utica Apartment building is expected to have a total of 18 apartments and 1000 square feet of office space.
The residential units will be a mix of 14 one- and four-bedroom apartments, with sizes ranging between 639 and 1,214 square feet. The designs show that four of the units will be two-story units and two more will have upstairs balconies, with views overlooking the landscaped outdoor patio.
According to Matt Connor, vice president of development at Sinatra, at least 10% of the units in the West Utica Apartment building will be set aside for affordable housing, which will most likely be offered to households earning 80% or less of the city’s median income. region.
Grant for the project
The 2-story, 45,000 square foot Cadet Cleaners Storage facility is considered a “contributing structure” to the historic Elmwood (East) neighborhood and developers are trying to capitalize on this opportunity to secure financial support for the redevelopment.
Sinatra and Essex also work with the National Park Service and seek state and federal historic tax credits. According to Connor for now, they are still modeling some financials and working on the number of affordable units.
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