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Pinto Construction, Uniland seek Planning Board approval for projects

The owner of a Buffalo construction company – who planned four years ago to build a large warehouse on Dingens Street but never followed through – is now proposing a much smaller project at the same site near the Cheektowaga line.

James Panepinto's Pinto Construction Services is proposing to construct a multi-bay garage structure at the rear of the 13.2-acre property at 132 Dingens St.

The proposed 13,300-square-foot metal building would be used for 6,910 square feet of storage, a 4,930-square-foot maintenance shop for Pinto's fleet vehicles, and company offices, with a total of five overhead doors.

Plans by TRM Architects call for construction using a "pole barn method" to limit disturbance of the soil and foundations on the brownfield site, while the rest of the one-story building would have new floor slabs poured on top of the existing pavement, where a previous pallet warehouse burned down.

The $200,000 project would take four months to complete. The property, which was already entered into the state Brownfield Cleanup Program, also includes a smaller 3,580-square-foot building that houses Pinto's offices and will remain.

Pinto in 2015 planned to build an 86,000-square-foot steel warehouse with a 6,400-square-foot masonry block office addition at the front of the property on Dingens. At the time the project received Planning Board approval, no tenants had been lined up for the $5.3 million project, and it never advanced.

Separately, the Planning Board will also consider Uniland Development Co.'s proposed multidiscipline medical office building at the northwest corner of Hertel and Elmwood avenues.

The Amherst-based developer plans to redevelop and expand an existing, vacant 29,870-square-foot warehouse into a single-story 32,953-square-foot facility on 2.5 acres of the larger 4.3-acre site.

Under plans by Architectural Resources and Carmina Wood Morris PC, the renovated one-story building would feature metal panel, brick and glazing on its east and south facades. The project also includes 120 parking spaces and one loading berth.

Uniland is also asking to consolidate five properties at 766, 768, and 770 Hertel and 1876 and 1880 Elmwood into three parcels for the current project and future redevelopment.

The project received two variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals. If approved, the $4.5 million project would take about a year to construct.

The Planning Board also will review:

  • A request by Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. to break up the 2.5-acre former parking lot property at 201 Ellicott St. in downtown Buffalo into two parcels. That would allow the developer to sell its planned one-story wholesale and retail grocery store building to Braymiller Market owner Stuart Green upon completion of construction. Ciminelli, which bought the property from the city, is planning to build a 201-unit affordable housing complex on the rest of the site.
  • A request by Savarino Companies and Peaceprints of Western New York to rezone 162 Kerns Ave. from residential to commercial, to allow Peaceprints to use the 1.2-acre former religious convent, primary school and church office as a proposed emergency shelter.
  • An application by Lucky Majid for a special-use permit to operate an ice cream stand and eatery called Juice Time and Sweet Time at 735 Sycamore St.

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