Developer and state Sen. Chris Jacobs is pushing ahead with his conversion of the former Printing Prep building in downtown Buffalo into a mixed-use facility that will now also have five loft-style apartments near the foot of the Kensington Expressway.
Jacobs, R-Buffalo, bought the two-story commercial building at 12 East Tupper St. in 2015 from Harold S. Leader, the former owner of Printing Prep, which occupied the entire 9,870-square-foot building for about 30 years. He paid $550,000 for the property, which is located between Main and Washington streets. Constructed in 1920 on less than an acre, it's valued at $540,000, according to city records.
The developer, who owns Avalon Development, already renovated the first floor, which is leased to new commercial tenants and a small "Buffalo Printing Museum" that houses Leader's personal collection of print-related artifacts. Now he's renovating the upper floor into one-bedroom apartments.
Rents are still being determined, but he said he hopes to finish the $1 million project by late summer or early fall.
"I am very excited about this project, as I have always thought 12 Tupper was a beautiful building," he said.