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Developer seeks rezoning for Broadway project parking

Uzo Ihenko wants to boost an East Side neighborhood by renovating a century-old industrial complex on Broadway into a mixed-use project with workforce housing and commercial space.

But he's finding it a lot harder to make the parking work.

Ihenko – who owns Uzo 1 International Ltd. and Broadway Development & Management Group – wants to convert the former Ace Printing building at 343-345 Broadway into 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with ground-floor retail, office, warehouse and community space.

[Related: Buffalo's redevelopment boom is, at last, extending out to Broadway]

As part of the $8.7 million project, he says he needs to create on-site parking so the neighboring houses on the street aren't blocked by cars. Last month, he faced some community resistance when he went to the Zoning Board of Appeals for variances to allow him to use vacant land at 361, 369 and 371 Broadway.

Now he's asking the Common Council to rezone three properties on Archie and Walnut streets, so he can use the rear portions of the lots for parking, while keeping the front greenspace.

The Planning Board Monday recommended approval.


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