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Four townhomes proposed for Park Meadow neighborhood

A Buffalo mortgage lender with a family background in real estate development wants to demolish a vacant single-family ranch home on Delaware Avenue in the Park Meadow neighborhood and build four Tudor-style townhomes.

Patrick Ogiony, founder and owner of Ogiony Development LLC, has proposed constructing a four-unit, high-end project at 2040 Delaware. Ogiony plans to live in one of the units, according to documents filed with the Buffalo Planning Board. The documents note a second unit has already been sold and he expects to sell the other two.

The 0.37-acre lot at the corner of Delaware and Bedford already has a house that dates to 1930 and includes a doctor's office.

But Ogiony says the 2,840-square-foot home is in "complete disrepair. The home, which Ogiony owns, has been unoccupied for at least five years and has suffered water and mold damage.

"In order to renovate this home and bring it back to life, it would not make economic sense for the condition that the previous owners left the house in," Ogiony wrote in a letter to the Planning Board. "I see the value in the land with the house being demolished."

Ogiony has already received Preservation Board approval to knock the house down. Plans by architect Patrick J. Morabito of Pittsford call for exterior stone along the base and first floor, with tan stucco above. Each residence would have a two-car garage.

If approved, construction by Hayes Construction Services would begin by March 15.

The proposal is the second in the past year for the site. Last fall, an alternative proposal to construct a colonial red-brick complex, with seven three-story, three-bedroom row houses, ran into neighborhood opposition. The developers withdrew the project in November.

Ogiony, whose family has been in real estate, construction and development for four generations, is managing director of commercial mortgage firm Aurora Capital.

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