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Planning board approves 2 apartment projects, parking lot expansion in Buffalo

Buffalo’s Planning Board approved two more apartment projects and a parking lot expansion, facilitating the conversions of two older buildings into new uses.

The board on Monday night approved the conversion of the former Kraft and Son livery carting and livery building at 142 Archie St., on the East Side, into a mixed-use structure, with first-floor retail space, a second floor apartment and indoor parking. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot brick industrial building, which dates to 1866, had been occupied and operated by Kraft until 1971.

The project by CSS Construction’s David Pawlik, designed by Carmina Wood Morris PC, will cost just under $900,000, with financing including historic tax credits.

The board also gave the go-ahead to Amy E. Judd for a $3.9 million project to redevelop the former Loew’s Theatre Company warehouse at 510 Washington St. into The Alexandre, with 13 market-rate loft apartments and first-floor commercial space. Four units would be wheelchair-accessible, and plans call for adding a new eighth floor and roof with a penthouse-style apartment.

The narrow seven-story, 19,500-square-foot reinforced concrete building, which was designed by architect Thomas Lamb, dates to 1920 and was acquired by Judd from John Barry for $340,000 in May 2014. The project would include historic tax credits.

Finally, developer Rocco Termini sought and received approval to expand the parking lot for his Foundry Lofts building at 1700 Elmwood Ave. by adding 25 more spots on land leased from a neighbor, at a cost of $45,000.

The building includes apartments, a hotel and a banquet operation. Termini said there’s “so much demand for parking because the banquet business is better than expected.”

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