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Historic building finds new life at 960 Busti Ave. in Buffalo

Exciting changes to the Niagara Street corridor are bringing a new life into the neighborhood due to private sector interest and investment, and Ellicott Development’s 960 Busti is a prime example.

Located at 960 Busti Ave., the mixed-use property has aided in the resurgence of Niagara Street by bringing opportune commercial space, and fresh, updated apartments.

Since 960 Busti’s original construction in 1922 as the former Buffalo General Electric Company service building, the structure has been converted into commercial space on floors one and two, and 18 luxury apartments in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations on floors three and four.

A certified historic rehabilitation of the 56,000 sq. ft. property has ensured the integrity of the building has remained intact, while the bright, open interiors and modern-industrial style design in the apartments help breathe a new life into the residences.

“Our residents at 960 Busti enjoy spectacular views of the downtown Buffalo skyline, Lake Erie, and the Niagara River,” says Tom Fox, Director of Development at Ellicott Development.

While the building stood vacant for nearly 20 years prior to its purchase by Ellicott Development, it now acts as an important piece in the collection of establishments beginning to appear throughout the neighborhood, including various other Ellicott Development properties at 1050 and 1088 Niagara Street.

Each brand-new residence includes a custom kitchen, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and porcelain tile baths.

In-unit laundry offers convenience to residents, as well as dish washers, air conditioning, and 24-hour maintenance. Don’t forget to bring your best friend; pets are always welcome. Nearby parks — Columbus Park, LaSalle Park, Front Park, Broderick Park and Prospect Park – provide plenty of dog walking opportunities as well as recreation and relaxation. A nearby bike trail provides stunning views of the Niagara River.

For those looking for urban living yet not quite downtown living, 960 Busti is ideal. A short walking distance away is Buffalo’s historic West

Side where old meets new. For instance, shop at the historic Pellicano’s Italian Market, Guercio & Sons and Mineo & Sapio, as well as the newer Nickel City Cheese and Niagara Asian Market. Grocery stores like Wegmans and Tops are within three miles away.

Visit long-time West Side restaurants like the Left Bank and Essex Street pub, both on nearby Rhode Island Street.
Kleinhans Music Hall is just over a mile away, while downtown Buffalo, Canalside and the Outer Harbor are a short five-minute ride along the I-190 heading south. Heading north, Niagara Falls, NY, is half an hour away.

The resurgence of the corridor is apparent with the addition of over 600 residences, business owners, and stakeholders appearing in the neighborhood, creating a stirring new future for Niagara Street.

Already an up and coming neighborhood, Niagara Street is the residential address to hold.

Rent prices at 960 Busti start at $1,195, but Ellicott Development offers apartments in a variety of price ranges.

For more information on Ellicott Development apartments on Niagara Street and throughout Western New York, visit, or call (716) 854-0060 to speak with a residential leasing agent.

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