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MidCity Apartments project nears completion

Another 50 units of "workforce housing" will soon be available for rent in Buffalo, as developer Nick Sinatra seeks to wrap up his new MidCity Apartments project.

Most of the work at 1665 Main St. is now completed, even though it may not look like it from the outside, Sinatra said. Crews are now primarily focusing on the first-floor commercial space, in particular waiting for the arrival of windows whose delivery has been significantly delayed.

"You do all the work inside the building, you don't see much happening, and all of a sudden, it's done," he said. "That building, if you drive by it, it doesn't look like anything is going on, but all the apartments are pretty much done."

The $10 million project involves the conversion of the former American Household Moving and Storage building into a new residential building, featuring a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The developer said the units are aimed at employees on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, as well as residents from the nearby Cold Springs neighborhood. It's also another example of "transit-oriented development," designed to encourage residents to use the bus or nearby Metro Rail stations.

So the rents are set at a " much different price point" than the luxury or higher-end apartments found in many other new buildings, Sinatra added. There will also be "amenity-driven" retail commercial space on the ground floor to meet the needs of the new tenants, with rollup overhead doors for outdoor space in warmer weather, he said. The developer is now seeking fitness or restaurant tenants for that space.

55 urban apartments planned by Sinatra in warehouse conversion on Main Street

Sinatra said his team faced some challenges with the 100,000-square-foot building because the ceilings "aren't that tall," especially compared to some of the higher former warehouse or factory buildings elsewhere in the city that have been converted to apartments. That made it more difficult to do loft-style large units, "so we had to work around those challenges," he said.

"It’s going to be a great project when it’s all said and done," he said. "We’re going to be pretty happy with that result."

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