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Nichols chair, lumber exec buys $1 million Avant condo from Anchor Bar GM

The CEO of a Hamburg lumber company and chairman of the Nichols School board of trustees has purchased a million-dollar condo at downtown Buffalo's Avant Building.

Jeffrey S. and Karin N. Meyer paid $1.05 million to acquire a 15th-floor unit from Anchor Bar general manager and head chef Ivano Toscani, who sold the condo for $200,000 less than he paid for it two years ago.

The three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo occupies 3,690 square feet on one end of the building, with an "open concept" layout, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a gas fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and two balconies. There's also a custom-designed room divider that doubles as an entertainment console in the family room and a buffet for the dining room.

Jeffrey Meyer heads up Baillie Lumber Co., a full-service hardwood supplier involved in manufacturing, distribution, importing and exporting. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Harvard Law School, and has served as chairman of Nichols' board since last June.

He and his wife – an adjunct language professor at D'Youville College and previously at Canisius College – have three sons, each of whom graduated from the elite private school, where he has served on the board continuously since 2009 except for a one-year hiatus.

Toscani, who has worked at Anchor Bar for over 40 years and also heads up the restaurant's franchise efforts, bought the condo at Uniland Development Co.'s Avant just two years ago for $1.25 million. It was listed for sale at $1.3 million.

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