C&S Companies, a Syracuse-based engineering firm, will be the anchor commercial tenant in TM Montante Development’s new Planing Mill project at 141 Elm St. in downtown Buffalo, relocating to double the size of its work space, Montante announced Tuesday.
C&S, with 19 employees, will move from 90 Broadway to the former Spaghetti Warehouse building, taking occupancy in April and adding one job. The firm signed a five-year lease for 6,500 square feet.
Originally the site of the E.M. Hager & Sons Planing Mill, the 43,500-square-foot, three-story brick building was purchased by TM Montante, and will feature 22 apartments along with the 10,800 square feet of commercial space. The $8.1 million adaptive-reuse project, which will preserve historic features of the property while using solar panels and other “clean” technology to power the building, received $259,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.
“We have a long-standing working relationship with C&S, so we were excited for the opportunity to provide them with a unique location to aid the expansion of their operations in Buffalo,” said TM Montante President J. Timothy Vaeth. “The tenancy at the Planing Mill further strengthens our partnership, and we are looking forward to this new phase of our relationship.”
Founded in 1968, C&S is a national engineering, architectural, planning, environmental and construction firm. It decided to move its local offices because of major growth in its Buffalo-area business.
“Our current offices are overcrowded,” said Timothy F. Hughes, managing principal of the Buffalo office. The move, he said, “demonstrates our commitment to further encourage responsible redevelopment in the City of Buffalo, as well as our commitment to the Western New York community.”