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Larkin Center of Commerce partners seek parking lot

The partners behind the Larkin Center of Commerce want to enhance parking for the commercial tenants in their sprawling building by adding a paved lot with 235 spaces on a nearby property.

Seneca Larkin Holdings LLC plans to construct the parking lot on 3.22 acres at 204 Larkin St., south of the 1.3-million-square-foot office building and close to the Niagara Thruway. The project, designed by Tredo Engineers, is expected to cost just over $1 million, according to documents filed with the city.

The property currently contains two one-story metal warehouse structures, which will remain, while existing pavement and lawn areas are removed. The site is across the street from residential houses, but the developers plan to add a fence and trees to shade and screen the area from the homes. Other than lighting, new curbs, sidewalk improvements and modified entrances from Larkin, no other buildings or changes are planned.

The Larkin Center of Commerce contains more than 100 business and professional tenants in a complex made up of 12 contiguous buildings on 30 acres under one roof. Originally built in 1906 for the Larkin Company for manufacturing, retail and administrative support, it was acquired in 2010 and redeveloped by Peter Krog, Gordon Reger and James Cornell.

If approved by the Buffalo Planning Board at its Dec. 19 meeting, construction could begin this month, with completion in the spring.

The Board will also consider a $6 million proposal by Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots to convert the former New York Central Freight House at 68 Tonawanda St. into 37 apartments and an unspecified 1,300-square-foot retail area. The project already came before the Zoning Board of Appeals, and developers hope to start construction work by mid-2017, with an opening slated for mid-2018.


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