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New project adds to the changing face of Hertel Avenue

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More change is coming to Hertel Avenue. A decaying gas station at the intersection with Parkside Avenue will be removed to make way for a five-story, mixed-use development.

The development would include 34 residential units, a first floor dedicated to retail space and a variety of other amenities. A series of variances from the Green Code are needed to move the project forward.

"We're really looking forward to building a show piece there," said architect and developer John Daly.

"Our mantra is sustainable design and it's going to be a really green building."

To that end, the roof will hold a grass field to absorb water and provide a recreation space for tenants. Lattice work will be installed on the back wall to allow ivy to grow and climb.

Daly says the entire lot has to be dug up to get rid of old gasoline tanks and potentially contaminated soil. Underground parking with a service elevator will be installed.

If everything goes right and the state brownfield program tax credits fall into place, the building might be finished by the end of next year. The estimated cost of the project is $5.5 million.

 

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.