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Staffing firm seeks new home near Sisters Hospital

A husband-and-wife team want to convert a vacant office building on Humboldt Parkway that had been used by Sisters Hospital into the new home for a professional staffing agency.

Andrew and Margaret Shea received a variance Wednesday from the Zoning Board of Appeals to allow them to maintain the three-story building at 168 Humboldt Parkway for office use by StaffBuffalo LLC.

The 113-year-old property is zoned for residential use, but has been owned by the hospital or the Sisters Hospital Foundation since 1987. It has been used for commercial purposes for 104 years, including as a doctor's office, according to the couple's application. After the Foundation moved its offices, the hospital used the property mostly for storage.

The Sheas have the property under contract to acquire it from the hospital foundation, but needed the variance to accommodate their business.

Located at a busy intersection at the corner of Humboldt and Main Street, the building is not in a desirable location for a home, the couple says in the application. It's across from the hospital, and it's surrounded by other residences that have been turned into doctors offices or are owned by Canisius College.

Converting it to residential use would cost about $140,000, while a commercial remodel would cost $24,000, wrote the Sheas, citing estimates from Eastern Renovations.

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