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Couple gets go-ahead to rebuild on Seneca Street in Buffalo

Reconstruction of a three-story mixed-use building on the edge of Larkinville got a green light from the city Planning Board Monday, as the property owners seek to capitalize on the area’s new energy.

Laura Sullivan, owner of Buffalo Bungalows, and Derek Sullivan, owner of foundation contractor Indycrete Inc., want to spend more than $750,000 to rebuild a structure at 474 Seneca St. that at one time housed Mary’s Restaurant, but which was torn down by the city in an emergency demolition several years ago. The site, now a vacant lot, is located near Spring Street, across from Graphic Controls.

The first floor of the 5,000-square-foot building will be entirely retail or professional office space, while each of the upper two floors will be a 1,400-square-foot two-bedroom loft apartment, with a balcony. The Sullivans, who are also working with property owner Gerhardt Yaskow, are leasing four parking spaces next door from Savarino Companies’ 500 Seneca project.

The building’s facade will use a recycled brick, and will also feature black Kohler awnings, black gooseneck lighting and possibly black steel accents. “We are basically recreating what was knocked down three years ago, but it will look better, fresher,” said Derek Sullivan. “It’s something to complement what’s going on down there.”