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Planning Board OKs Tri-Main owners' renovation plans

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a proposal by the owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street in Buffalo to finish their $4.5 million redevelopment of the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building into a mixed-use project.

Plans by Tri-Main Development LLC call for renovating the three-story building at 45 Jewett Parkway, at the corner of Halbert Street, with most of it being reused as commercial offices. The space is already 15 percent pre-leased. Tri-Main Development, led by President Matthew Wolfe, also wants to test the apartment market in that area with three units on the second and third floors.

The work follows the successful $2 million earlier renovation of a connected two-story masonry building at 100 Leroy Avenue, which now houses offices for Community Action Organization of Erie County and Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers. The link between the two buildings will also be renovated in the second, $2.5 million phase. In all, the complex contains 80,000 square feet of space.

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