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Planning Board approves warehouses, other projects

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a pair of warehouse additions on the city's East and West sides, as part of a flurry of new development activity that came up for review.

Weatherpanel Inc. wants to construct a 12,000-square-foot unheated warehouse at 302 Grote St. The warehouse will replace storage space Weatherpanel is losing because its current rented facility nearby at Grote and Chandler streets has been acquired for redevelopment by Rocco Termini.

The company has "considerable property" in that area, totaling 5 acres, but needs to store its roof insulation boards inside an enclosed building to protect it from light and ultraviolet radiation from the sun, said architect Frank Wailand of FJ Wailand Associates Inc. The material is not sensitive to temperature, however.

The proposed new pre-engineered steel storage building would have a gable roof with a couple of overhead doors and one dock, but no heating or plumbing, he said.

On the other side of the city, Mogib Ahmed received approval to construct a 5,085-square-foot pre-engineered steel warehouse to store clothing apparel on a half-acre vacant lot he already owns. The building would be strictly for storage, not retail, said Wailand, who also represented Ahmed.

In other action, the Planning Board:

  • Approved a remodeling of the Wendy’s fast-food restaurant at 360 Dingens St. Work will include changing the façade from fiberglass to a dark-bronze corrugated metal, updating the signs to the company’s new look, and completely renovating the interior.
  • Approved Roger Trettel's proposed renovation of a three-story building at 50 Broadway. The building, which dates back to 1875, will be apartments on the second and third floors, with a first-floor restaurant run by Ballyhoo Links & Drinks owners Timothy and Morgan Stevens.
  • Approved plans by developer Anthony LoRusso to add a covered carport structure in the rear of the parking lot at his Allentown Square Apartments at Maryland Place project at 295 Maryland St., with black or blue solar panels on top, to help the building achieve a net-zero environmental status.
  • Recommended approval by the Common Council of Ellicott Development’s request to add a sidewalk café and patio in the right-of-way at its new mixed-use apartment building at 905 Elmwood Avenue. The patio would feature five tables seating a total of 20 patrons, surrounded by a decorative and removable railing system. It would extend seven feet from the building, below a balcony overhang that was already approved to jut out five feet, as part of a new restaurant operated by Henry Gorino.
  • Approved a nine-car parking lot for Brian P. Louis' project at 134 North Pearl St.


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