Some recent notable real estate deals in the Buffalo Niagara region:
1) Location: 3701 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg
Price: $2.7 million
Buyer: Benderson Development Co., through Ronald Benderson 1995 Trust
Seller: Detlef Vormschlag of Wayne, N.J., through Erie Hansa Investment Associates
Planned Use: Redevelopment. Property is 55,776-square-foot, free-standing former FYE store, located on 7.85 acres on ring road for McKinley Mall. Previously home to Media Play. Seller owns other former Media Play properties in other areas. Plans call for re-leasing the space, which will probably be sub-divided to multiple users rather than a single tenant, said Benderson Vice President Eric Recoon. "We're talking to a number of potential interested retailers to back-fill the space," he said. "There's a lot of interest at the moment, and we're working our way through it."
2) Location: 50 Alberta Dr., Amherst
Buyer: Congregation B'Rith Hadoshah
Seller: Congregation Shir Shalom
Planned Use: Religious house of worship. Single-story building with 16,000 square feet, on 2.4 acres. Former home of Temple Sinai, a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation that merged this year with Temple Beth Am on Sheridan Drive in Amherst to form Shir Shalom, housed at Beth Am's building. B'Rith Hadoshah, formerly located on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore, is a messianic congregation that claims to be Jewish but professes belief in the New Testament. Broker Vito Picone of McGuire Development Co., who handled the deal, said there were multiple offers because of its size and location. "It was a fun deal. It's nice to see the activity out there," he said. "If you've got a good product and it's priced right, you're going to see activity."
3) Location: 6 Lancaster Pkwy, Lancaster
Buyer: Charley Creighton and Tom Shone of Alden, through Charles Thomas Management LLC
Seller: Thomas Naughton
Planned Use: New offices and warehouse for Alden Optical, a contact lense maker currently based in Alden. Property is a 14,100-square-foot office and warehouse facility, built in 2000 on three acres, with room for outside storage or an addition. Includes 6,000 square feet of office space and 7,200 square feet of heated warehouse space, with three overhead doors. Located off Walden Avenue, near the Thruway. Former home of Grand Mantel and Summit Stoves. Buyer is controlled by Charley Creighton, son of Alden Optical founder Charles "Pat" Creighton, and contact lens industry veteran Tom Shone, who now run Alden Optical together.
4) Location: 3633 Commerce Pl., Hamburg
Buyer: Dr. Won Sam Yi and Sung Eun Yi of Clarence, through WSEJ LLC
Seller: Dr. Vilasini M. Shanbhag and Dr. Alvin M. Panahon, through Shanbhag-Panahon Inc.
Planned Use: Medical office. Property is an office building that houses medical offices for Radiation Oncology Group's South office. The practice was founded and led by Drs. Shanbhag and Panahon, but is merging into CCS Oncology. Dr. Yi is also a radiation oncologist and the medical director at CCS Oncology.
5) Location: 8 and 14 Fath Dr., Cheektowaga
Buyer: Tommy and W. Lisa Sweeney of Lancaster, through Upstate Apartments LLC of Lancaster
Seller: Raymond F. and Margaret A. Bova
Planned Use: Investment. Properties are two-story garden-style multi-family apartment buildings, each with 5,832 square feet on 0.18 acres, and built in 1970. The Bovas are real estate investors who own other buildings.
6) Location: 133-135 S. Division St., Buffalo
Buyer: Roger Trettel, through 133 South Division LLC
Seller: Bates Jackson Printers and Engravers, through Digital@BatesJackson LLC
Planned Use: Redevelopment. Located at the corner of South Division and Elm streets near Erie Community College, the property is the historic five-story, 23,000-square-foot Gutman Building, built in 1909 by Nathan Gutman and William Sperling to make trousers. Bates Jackson moved in a year later, followed by an artisan jewelry group and later Gallagher Elevator. Bates and Gallagher are still in the building and will remain tenants until Trettel completes his plans, which may include 12-16 residential units and maybe loft-style office space on the upper floors, while the bottom will remain commercial.
7) Location: 12249 Olean Rd., Sardinia
Buyer: Community Bank,N.A.(in foreclosure)
Seller: Kenneth A. and Carol A. Schmitt, with Mary Moorman Penn as referee
Planned Use: Uncertain. Seized in foreclosure. Former Hearth Restaurant. Had been established restaurant and banquet business operating since 1931, with 11,000 square feet on 3.9 acres.
8) Location: 56-58 Trinity Pl., Buffalo
Buyer: Michael J. and Peggy A. Bristol of East Amherst
Seller: Matthew Nalecz of Williamsville and Kamila Mysiak, through Trinity Place Holdings
Planned Use: Investment. Properties are pair of narrow, three-story, solid-brick apartment buildings, with 7,850 square feet and nine units, on less than half an acre. Built in 1884 and updated in 2009. Located off Elmwood Avenue, in Allentown area. Fully occupied.
9) Location: 4007 Harlem Rd., Amherst
Buyer: Dr. Samer K. Riad of Williamsville, through Riad's Holding Co. LLC
Seller: Dr. Joseph E. Gambacorta
Planned Use: Uncertain. Property is a medical office building, and seller is one of two dentists in the building. Buyer is a general and cosmetic dentist on Transit Road at BetterSmile of WNY PLLC, and one of two dentists in that practice.
10) Location: 9200 Transit Rd., Amherst
Buyer: Samuel Carubba, through 9200-9202 Transit Road LLC
Seller: Antoinette Scudder of Williamsville, through S&C at 9200 TR LLC
Planned Use: Continued operation of Carubba Collision's East Amherst location.
11) Location: 537 Massachusetts Ave., Buffalo
Buyer: SUPCA LLC
Seller: James L. and Loretta J. Carlins of Amherst, through Elmtown LLC
Planned Use: Investment. Property is a 6,571-square-foot, two-story apartment building, on 0.16 acres in Elmwood Village, with off-street parking. Buyer could not be further identified.
12) Location: 51 Martin Ave., Blasdell
Buyer: David and Kimberly L. Stefaniak of Lakeview, through D&S Property Group
Seller: Ronald J., Gary J. and Kathleen Trust of Hamburg
Planned Use: Investment. Property is a 4,889-square-foot, two-story, two-building apartment complex, constructed in 1927, with five units, parking and storage.
13) Location: 4989 Genesee St., Cheektowaga
Buyer: Penny D. Cipolla and Innovative Realty Services of Bowmansville, through BVG Realty of Florida LLC
Seller: Ralph M. Fudoli Revocable Trust
Planned Use: Construction of an apartment complex with seven buildings and 80 units on 6.2 acres of a 13.1-acre parcel of vacant land.
SOURCE: Erie and Niagara county clerks' offices, buyers, sellers and other records.