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Buffalo Planning Board green lights renovation of Main Street building

Roxy’s is going residential.

The Buffalo Planning Board late Monday gave the green light to a proposal by Tonawanda orthodontist and real estate developer Dr. Peter A. Rouff, who wants to renovate the three-story former nightclub building at 884 Main St. into a mixed-use facility.

The project calls for a first-floor restaurant, second-floor offices and two third-floor apartments in the 1870s Italianate building. Plans include complete restoration of the exterior, windows, porch, and wooden doors, while moving the second-story stair tower on the south side to the rear. There would be three parking spaces in the rear, green space in front, a wrought-iron fence, and a concrete walk with stone pavers.

The project was already approved by the Buffalo Preservation Board on Sept. 1.

In other matters, the Planning Board:

• Approved Ellicott Development Co.’s modifications to the facade of its 905 Elmwood Ave. project, following a community forum with over 100 attendees at Lafayette Presbyterian Church in early August that led to changes in the design. The building will have 21 apartments and a restaurant.

• Approved a 1,400-square-foot addition to the O’Connell’s Clothing store at 3240 Main St.

• Approved a one-year extension for a plan by New York City-based community development firm CB Emmanuel to convert the former School 63 at 91 Lisbon Ave. into apartments. The developer has mostly finalized its financing and other approvals, including a National Register of Historic Places listing, but ran out of time on its previous plan approval.

• Approved a garage and used-car lot at 1491 Broadway.

• Recommended approval by the Common Council of restaurants or eatery expansions at 1368 Hertel Ave., 1504 Hertel Ave. and 2134 Seneca St.

• Tabled a plan to construct a colonial red-brick complex of seven three-story, three-bedroom row houses at 2040 Delaware Ave. The high-end units, with patios, balconies and wrought-iron railings, would be designed for sale, with a homeowners association. Each unit would have two below-grade covered parking spaces.

• Tabled a proposal to construct seven rental townhouses at 151 Botsford Place, pending more details.


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