Discount stores, low-income housing, loft apartments and a hookah lounge will take center stage at next week's Buffalo City Planning Board meeting.
Board members will consider a proposal by David E. Pawlik's Creative Structures Services to build a new Dollar General store, with parking, at 663 E. Ferry St. This will be Pawlik's third Dollar General, part of a long-term, 15-year relationship the developer has with the discount retailer. Two others are on Genesee and Seneca streets.
The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is seeking design and site plan review approval for the construction of 50 new homes as part of the A.D. Price Housing Phase III project, at Jefferson Avenue and Peckham, Madison and Spring streets. This set of family homes is the last phase in the project, which Norstar Group is developing for BMHA.
Savarino Companies and FFZ Holdings LLC are proposing the construction of 78 market-rate apartments, with office space and parking, at the site of the former Erie Freight House at 441 Ohio St. FFZ represents a trio of developers, David and Dennis Franjoine and Rob Zuchlewski, all principals in Frontier Industrial Corp., who are working with Sam Savarino on several projects.(See The Buffalo News Business column on Sunday for more on this.)
And Shakhawan Hawramy wants to convert an existing restaurant at 1175 Hertel Ave. into a hookah lounge. In a hookah lounge, patrons share flavored tobacco, or shisha, from a communal pipe. Originally from India, such lounges are a centuries-old tradition from parts of the Middle Eastern and Southern Asian worlds.
-- Jonathan D. Epstein