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Planning Board to consider Dingens warehouse, expansion of LoRusso's Campus West

Nearly four years after it received approval the first time for a new industrial warehouse that never got built, Ellicott Development Co. is bringing back its Dingens Street proposal for the city's consideration – with a few changes.

The Buffalo-based developer wants to put up a 90,207-square-foot, single-story warehouse at 246 Dingens, at the corner of James E. Casey Drive. Plans call for three storefront entrances along the south side facing Dingens, each with decorated brick pilasters.

The project on 4.32 acres of vacant land also includes 141 parking spaces, as well as loading docks and a recessed dock area with six back-end loading berths behind the metal building, on the north side.

The proposal was originally approved in July 2015 for a 100,000-square-foot prefabricated facility, with 108 parking spaces and a taupe-colored corrugated metal building. But the project was put on hold, and the approval expired years ago.

If approved again, the $7.1 million project would take 12 months to complete.

Separately, judge-turned-developer Anthony LoRusso's 39-unit microapartment building on the West Side is about to get a little bigger – sort of.

LoRusso's APL Property Group had received approval to construct a four-story building at 129 West Ave., with 550-square-foot one-bedroom apartments designed for moderate-income tenants. The units, which will all have Murphy beds to conserve space, are designed as "workforce housing" for employees on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and are meant to be small to keep the market-rate rents down.

The Campus West project originally included a full basement, a first-floor office and about 1,000 square feet of first-floor community space. But to satisfy his lender's request for more revenue, LoRusso is scrapping the office and community space and replacing it with nine additional apartments, for a new total of 48 units, according to his application to the Planning Board. He also wants to expand the basement and remove one rooftop patio at the rear of the 40,500-square-foot building to provide more living space.

The increase in units is not expected to affect parking in the 61-space lot that is shared with LoRusso's Allentown Square Apartments, because the existing units at Campus West are only using 20 spaces for the 34 occupied units, according to the Planning Board application.

Campus West is slated to be completed by RP Oak Hill Building Co. by April 2020. A groundbreaking for Campus West and a grand opening for Allentown Square are jointly scheduled for June 6.

Also on the Planning Board's agenda for Monday:

  • Plans by Mod-Pac Corp. and Nardin Academy to construct new athletic fields for Nardin's soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and softball teams at 1801 Elmwood Ave.
  • A proposal by Canadian developer Harry Stinson to construct a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired wedding chapel – based on the famed architect's original plan for a California hotel – as an addition to Stinson's Buffalo Grand Hotel, formerly the Adam's Mark Hotel, at 220 Lower Terrace.
  • Hormoz Mansouri's project to construct a five-story mixed-income apartment and retail project on the 3.34-acre site of a former Central Park bowling alley at 47 E. Amherst St., with 171 apartments and 153 parking spaces.
  • Special-use permits for the Sportsmen's Tavern to operate a live-entertainment venue and open-air market at 326-340 Amherst St., and for Kevin Kirby to open the Stone City Saloon restaurant with a sidewalk cafe in one of the storefronts at 220 Lexington Ave.
  • A request by McGuire Development Co. for another one-year extension on the board's June 2017 approval of a new 48,000-square-foot, three-story office building at 425 Michigan Ave., on the outer portion of the parking lot for Compass East.

McGuire President James Dentinger said the bankruptcy and closure of Bak USA left significant open space in the original building that potential tenants for the new building are now gravitating toward.

"We just have to secure a 50% anchor tenant and we're ready to go," he said of the proposed project. "We have a great location and downtown parking. It's just a question of finding that right tenant."

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