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Planning Board approves four Delaware Avenue townhomes

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday gave the green light to a proposal to construct four new townhomes on a Delaware Avenue property where a prior project fell through because of neighborhood opposition.

Patrick Ogiony, founder and owner of Ogiony Development, and attorney Jeffrey T. Bochiechio plan to construct a four-unit, high-end project at 2040 Delaware.

The 0.37-acre lot at the corner of Delaware and Bedford has a house that dates to 1930 and includes a doctor's office. The pair received Preservation Board approval to knock the house down, and they now intend to construct the new building with a cultured stone exterior along the base and first floor and tan stucco on the upper floors. Each unit will have a two-car garage.

Construction is slated to begin by March 15.

Ogiony, a mortgage broker, has owned the property with Bochiechio for about nine months, but had planned to sell it last fall to a pair of brothers, who proposed a larger project with seven three-story, three-bedroom row houses. Neighbors killed the project with strong opposition and the sale fell through.

Ogiony and Bochiechio came back with a scaled-back project that they said took community feedback into consideration.  Ogiony plans to live in one of the Tudor-style units, according to documents filed with the Buffalo Planning Board.

Ten people attended a community meeting organized by Councilmember Joseph Golombek. "They liked it," Bochiechio said.

Planning Board member Martha Lamparelli praised the project.

"It fits better with the neighborhood," Lamparelli said. "It's much more attractive."

Separately, the Board also approved Jose Castaneda's request to open a new Mexican restaurant, Los Aguacates, at 765 Elmwood Avenue, in the former Agave space.

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