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Flexo Transparent, Community Music School, PUSH-Buffalo seek expansions

A Buffalo maker of custom-printed plastic bags and other packaging is seeking city approval to expand its current manufacturing facility, while a music school and West Side nonprofit work to put additions onto two separate buildings.

Flexo Transparent LLC wants to construct a one-story pre-engineered metal addition to its existing printing and bagging plant at 28 Wasson St. and 1132 Seneca St. The 16,200-square-foot addition would provide more manufacturing space and a truck dock, on a portion of the 5.3-acre property that currently has just grassy lawn, according to documents filed with the Buffalo Planning Board.

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The multistory facility currently has offices and a one-story warehouse, as well as other truck docks and paved parking, all of which would remain. No new landscaping is planned as part of the $1.2 million project, designed by Tredo Engineers.

The project would be partially funded through brownfield tax credits. If approved, work would begin in early December, with the "core-and-shell" of the building completed by the end of July 2017.

The Planning Board will also consider a one-story, 720-square-foot expansion of the Community Music School at 415 Elmwood Ave., along the west side of that building.

Plans by Architectural Resources for the $3.077 million project also include renovations to the four floors of the existing 14,000-square-foot masonry building, to provide updated music studios, performance space and a new elevator.

If approved, work is expected to begin in summer 2017, with a spring 2018 completion.

Also up for consideration is a proposed third-floor addition and renovations by PUSH Buffalo and its affiliate, the Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Co., to The WASH Project at 417 Massachusetts Ave.

Located on 0.08 acres, the building currently houses a self-service laundry and neighborhood center, plus six housing units. But it had a third floor until that was destroyed by a fire in the 1980s.

Plans by Eco-Logic Studios envision restoring that third-floor, with four apartment units, while modifying the two units on the first floor to create a single handicapped-accessible unit, for a total of nine affordable housing units in the building. The WASH laundry would also be expanded.

If approved, work would begin this month and finish by September 2018.

email: jepstein@buffnews.com

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