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Garrett Leather building apartments on Niagara Street to be considered

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.