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A Historic Building Restored for New Living

Charles Burchfield's Rainy Night, 1929-1930

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – More new apartments have been added in downtown Buffalo. But this time it is at a historic building that once inspired Charles Burchfield to paint "Rainy Night".

At the corner of Broadway and Ellicott stands a four-story building with impressive gables. It was built in 1876. But over the years the structure was abandoned and in deplorable condition. However, in 2003 developer Roger Trettel had a vision, to turn the building into new luxury apartments.

Trettel says there were plenty of obstacles over the past three years, but he continued work on creating a mixed use building. Joseph Eicheldinger is vice president and regional director of The Community Preservation Corporation. Trettel reached out to the CPC for financial assistance on the project. Eicheldinger says the CPC provided $700,000 in financing for the renovation work.

The building features seven apartments and commercial space on the ground level where a coffee shop is scheduled to open later this year. Two tenants have already signed leases and Trettel says his goal is to have the building fully operating by this summer.

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