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From Roxy’s to residences

A Tonawanda orthodontist and real estate developer is seeking to renovate the former Allentown home of Roxy’s nightclub into a mixed-use building with a restaurant and residential and commercial space, taking advantage of its location across the street from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Dr. Peter A. Rouff, who purchased the former club building with a vivid red-and-white facade from Ron Rubino in October 2015 for $480,000, is now seeking city approval to convert the three-story masonry mansion at 884 Main St. to a new use. Plans by C&S Engineers and Kideney Architects call for a first-floor restaurant, second-floor offices and two third-floor apartments, with three angled parking spaces in the rear and on-street parking for others.

Built in 1883, the 6,824-square-foot building across from Carlton Street has been used at different times in the past as a private home, hotel and bar. After Roxy’s closed in 2013, it was purchased by Rubino’s Gemini Realty LLC, with plans for two floors of offices and loft apartments on the third floor.

The 0.18-acre property is sandwiched between another building owned by Rouff Realty to the north and a Zeptometrix building to the south, just above Virginia Street. That puts it in a prime location to capture medical campus traffic for the restaurant, and to attract potential office or apartment tenants.

According to documents filed with the Buffalo Planning Board – which will review the project Sept. 12 – Rouff will remove the existing landscaping and replace the pavement, along with new outdoor patio space, lawn and planting beds, and both wrought-iron and wood fencing. He also intends to restore the four wood-fluted columns in the front of the mansion, with cast-iron decorations and Roman Corinthian capitals on top.

The project was already approved by the Buffalo Preservation Board on Sept. 1.


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