Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s proposal to convert the former Mentholatum and Garrett Leather building on Niagara Street into apartments will be reviewed by the Buffalo Planning Board Monday, alongside a pair of restaurant projects.
Ciminelli plans to renovate the 67,000-square foot, four-story former “daylight factory” building at 1360 Niagara into 51 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with underground indoor parking for 30 spaces and outdoor parking on a neighboring empty lot. The red-and-white concrete-frame building, located near West Ferry Street, would also include 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space in an ancillary garage and loading dock area to the north side.
Ciminelli purchased the building for $2.1 million, and expects to spend as much as $14 million on the conversion. If approved, work would begin in April, and would last 12 months.
Planning Board members will also consider:
• A proposal by Deep South Taco for a renovation and addition to an existing restaurant at 1707 Hertel Avenue.
• A proposal to renovate an existing restaurant at 387 Forest Avenue to house Kayser Catering.