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Trettel tackles Broadway project

Downtown developer Roger Trettel is taking aim at his newest project, converting a pair of adjoining old brick buildings at Ellicott Street and Broadway into yet another restaurant and bar.

Trettel, who's accumulated a track record of small redevelopment projects in the city's core, wants to take two adjacent buildings at 50 Broadway and 2 Blossom St. and combine them into one larger mixed-use complex that he will renovate. The Broadway building is a three-story, 6,275-square-foot brick structure, while the Blossom facility is just one-story, according to documents filed with the Buffalo Planning Board.

Plans by architect Tommaso Briatico call for what Trettel described as a "fun new restaurant" to occupy the entire first floor, attached to a new bar in the converted garage in the Blossom building. Trettel said he couldn't discuss the nature of the eatery, but said it would be operated by Tim and Morgan Stevens, the husband-and-wife operators of Ballyhoo Links & Drinks at 211 South Park Avenue. The second floor would be office space, and the third would have a pair of apartments.

Trettel recently acquired the half-acre property, vacant for 20 years and located in a "downtown opportunity" area, and has already begun exterior renovation and repairs to restore the original facade and create "a welcoming new look to the block." He has the necessary permits to complete that work, but is seeking Planning Board approval for the larger job, as well as zoning variances because the site has no existing green space or parking spaces, and no room to develop them.

"This will be another great addition to the rapidly developing Broadway-Ellicott Corridor," Trettel said, citing the opening of Jaz & Jacks, Deep South Taco, Tappo, and Big Ditch Brewery, among others. He noted that the city also agreed to repave Blossom, which hadn't been redone in 20 years and "was in horrible shape."

 Trettel has successfully redeveloped other buildings in that area of the city, along Main, Washington, Ellicott, and Genesee streets, including the Buehl Block, the Main-Washington Exchange building, and the headquarters for his company, TetraTech.


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