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Green light to Green Code variances allows 3 new Larkinville projects

Schneider Architectural Services
Larkin Development Group
The first Buffalo location of Paula's Donuts will call Larkinville home.

Larkinville is getting another reason to use the expanding indoor and outdoor recreational activities in the growing community, as the city Zoning Board of Appeals gives the go-ahead for three new projects.

The Zoning Board approved a series of zoning variances to allow an $18 million mixed-use complex, 140,000 square feet of residential space with 70 apartments and lots of office space. In a smaller project, the board also approved two small mixed-use buildings, with commercial space on the street and apartments upstairs.

The larger of the buildings will house a Paula's Donuts. Larkin Development Group Vice President Leslie Zemsky said it will be a big bakery.

"Not bigger since it came through planning. They got so excited they wanted to have a full-service bakery," Zemsky said. "So they can now bake everything that they sell here as they do at their other three locations. Their other three locations are all in the suburbs."

The same network of driveways and truck turnarounds will serve the new Paula's that already serves an adjacent distillery, also in Larkin Development Group space. Zemsky said her company is continuing to fill what were vacant spaces in the neighborhood.

Credit Schneider Architectural Services / Larkin Development Group
Larkin Development Group
A birds-eye view of Larkinville shows the vacant spaces Larkin Development Group Vice President Leslie Zemsky says her firm is trying to fill.

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.
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