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A&P Warehouse conversion near Larkinville gets Planning Board approval

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave the green light to an Indianapolis firm’s proposal to convert the former A&P Warehouse on the edge of Larkinville into a new apartment complex, making it the third giant warehouse in the same area to be redeveloped.

KCG Development plans to renovate the eight-story, 238,000-square-foot building into the AP Lofts at Larkinville, with 146 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with rents geared to both lower-income “workforce housing” and market-rate tenants.

The $39 million project would have apartments on the upper seven floors, while the tall first floor would be split into two levels of indoor parking. The apartments would range from 750 to 825 square feet for the 82 one-bedroom apartments and from 900 to 1,150 square feet for the 64 two-bedrooom units.

The project, which is adjacent to the successful conversions at 500 and 550 Seneca St., would also feature about 5,800 square feet of commercial or retail space, plus bike and tenant storage, and additional outside parking. KCG will also cut a hole through the center of the building to create an inner courtyard.

KCG hopes to begin work in late July or early August, with completion by fall 2017.

Planning Board members also considered a proposal by the four-year-old West Buffalo Charter School to put on the first of two planned additions to its West Side building to accommodate four additional grades. The school, which currently serves students in kindergarten through fourth-grade, has been approved to expand up to eighth grade, adding up to 250 students to its current total of about 300.

The school wants to construct a two-story, 12,600-square foot addition, with a basement, to hold eight more classrooms at its current site at 113 Lafayette Ave. That will include three fourth-grade classrooms, two fifth-grade classrooms and two sixth-grade classrooms. Officials hope to begin construction on the $1.8 million project by July 1, with completion by yearend. A second, $4.5 million addition would follow starting in March 2017, with completion by August 2018, to provide permanent classrooms for sixth through eighth grade, as well as a gymnasium.

The project needs Zoning Board of Appeals approval before the Planning Board can vote.

The Board also:

• Recommended approval by the Common Council for a special-use permit for Ellicott Development Co. to put a new restaurant in the basement, first and second floors of its new four-story mixed-use building at 905 Elmwood Ave., at W. Delavan Avenue. The building itself was approved in late 2014 and is under construction. The new restaurant will be operated by Henry Gorino.

• Approved a plan to convert an existing junk yard at 49 Hopkins St., which was purchased out of foreclosure, into an automotive recycling facility, with two new steel buildings for storage.