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Fillmore Avenue building could bring more retail to Buffalo’s East Side

The Michigan-based owner of an aging concrete block retail building on Fillmore Avenue wants to renovate the neglected structure into three new storefronts and put on an addition for two more in a bid to bring back some retail to an East Side intersection.

Donna M. Taha of Dearborn Heights, Mich., through ATA Property development, is seeking Planning Board approval for her $600,000 Fillmore Square project at 1415 Fillmore, at the corner of Roeder Street, to introduce “a new retail development for the benefit of the community,” according to documents submitted to the city agency.

The 0.31-acre site currently has a 3,835-square-foot one-story white building, which had been slated to be torn down under an agreement with the Department of Permits and Inspections. Instead, Taha now wants to rehab the 76-year-old structure and build a 2,606-square-foot addition to create a total of five retail stores, with 10 parking spaces, according to the Planning Board filing.

The proposal, designed by architect Anthony O. James, is slated to come to the Planning Board next month. Representatives of the owner and architect already met with the Martin Luther King Business District Association to get public input and support for the project and needed zoning variances.

If approved, construction could start in June, with the renovation completed in the fall. Construction of the two-unit addition would begin in spring 2017 if the first three units are rented quickly. The project would create 10 to 15 construction jobs and 10 to 15 permanent retail jobs.