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Buffalo waterfront apartments delayed at Preservation Board

Orchard Park businessman Gerald Buchheit’s effort to develop a 23-story glass apartment tower on an Outer Harbor peninsula faced another delay this week, when the Buffalo Preservation Board said it needed more information before determining whether he could proceed with plans to demolish the existing Freezer Queen building that now sits on the property.

Buchheit wants to tear down the 273,120-square-foot six-story refrigerated warehouse at 975 Fuhrmann Blvd. and replace it with a new 370,000-square-foot residential complex dubbed Apartments @ Queen City Landing. The proposed project would feature 197 one- and two-bedroom apartments, two restaurants, a bar, a pool, and a wellness studio, and other recreational elements atop a three-story parking ramp for 320 vehicles.

Buchheit, who also needs Planning Board and other city approvals for the $60 million project, sought the green light for the demolition Thursday afternoon from the Preservation Board. But board members asked for original plans and drawings for the current building, information on any modifications to it over the years, information about the architect, and information about the building’s eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. They asked him to return on April 28.

Buchheit will also be back before the Planning Board on Monday.