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Investor plans apartment building on West Utica

A Williamsville real estate investor wants to build a nine-unit apartment building on West Utica Street in Buffalo.

Whitesand Family is seeking city Planning Board approval to demolish a 117-year-old, two-story home and construct a three-story building on a 0.16-acre lot at 297 W. Utica St., with indoor parking on the first floor. The Board agreed Monday to take the lead role among city agencies in reviewing the project.

Plans by Dean Architects of Depew call for one 230-square-foot studio apartment on the ground floor, as well. Each of the two upper floors would contain four two-bedroom apartments that are about 1,200 square feet.

The $1.25 million building would have a brick veneer facade, aluminum railings in front of the windows on the front and back of the building and cement fiber siding covering the rest. The parking area would include nine vehicle spaces and five bicycle spaces, plus room for garbage totes.

Whitesand already owns a similar building next door, at 305 W. Utica St., which it purchased nearly four years ago for $2.85 million. Whitesand is owned by Donald White and Tom Sand.

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