Tenants at the Larkin Center of Commerce office building will get a new 235-space parking lot, after the city Planning Board gave the go-ahead to the building's owners.
Seneca Larkin Holdings - controlled by James W. Cornell, Gordon J. Reger, and Peter Krog - plans to spend $1 million to pave the new lot at 204 Larkin St., at a dead-end site just south of Elk Steel and just west of Roseville Street. The site is just north of the Niagara Thruway and two blocks south of 1.3-million-square-foot office building at 701 Seneca St.
The large property also has an existing warehouse facility, which is leased as storage space and will remain operational on site, said Andrew Marino of Tredo Engineers, representing the developers. Plans also include street improvements on Larkin, sidewalk connections from the parking lot to the building and a four-foot fence to screen the lot from neighbors across Larkin Street. Two large trees will be preserved.
The developers said they were open to an idea proposed by city resident Alan Oberst for a bike path or greenway link between the Larkin District and Redjacket Riverfront Park, along the Buffalo River. Such a link, along rail property owned by CSX Corp., would need access through the parking lot.
Earlier this year, the Larkin Center partners purchased the 77,000-square-foot, single-story Colad Group LLC building at 801 Exchange St. for nearly $4.1 million. They've also bought two former big box store properties at 5535 and 5555 Porter Road in Niagara Falls, with plans to convert them into the Niagara Center of Commerce.