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Delaware Avenue mansion project wins OK, despite parking concerns

Developer Paul Kolkmeyer hopes to start work by year end on converting the former Oracle Charter School building on Delaware Avenue into the Goodyear Inn and Goodyear Apartments.

But first he has to get an agreement in place – and submitted to the city – to ensure he has off-site valet parking for hotel guests.

That was the verdict of the Buffalo Planning Board Monday, after a few neighbors voiced concerns about his proposed adaptive reuse project, centered around a lack of adequate parking, privacy, excessive lighting and noise.

Kolkmeyer's Priam Enterprises is buying the former Goodyear House at 888 Delaware – a historic, 1.3-acre property that includes an old mansion, a carriage house and another section. The developer plans to convert the mansion into a 29-room independent boutique hotel, while putting 29 market-rate apartments in the rear.

The site will include only 43 parking spaces, mostly for apartment residents.

So Priam is working to secure off-site parking with valet or shuttle service for hotel guests, said Amy Downing, a Priam official.

The Planning Board approved Nick Sinatra and David Pawlik's three-story, 35,000-square-foot nonprofit office hub at 1200 Jefferson Ave. and Larkin Development Group's five-story Mill Race Commons at 799 Seneca St.

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