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Developers breathing new life into older buildings

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Developers continue to explore the list of the city's older buildings, as they look for more possible adaptive re-uses. 

Developer David Pawlak is working with architect Steve Carmina on a building on little-known Archie Street on the East Side built in the 1870s as a livery stable.

"With the excitement of what has been going on in and around Downtown, we've been hearing from a lot of different folks that are looking to rent," Pawlak said.

"We're not looking at trying to do a condo here (on Archie Street) but we've started aggressively about a year ago looking for more buildings to get involved with and this building just came up where it was just ideal for what we want to do."

The building is 10,000 square feet on two floors. Years of abandonment created a mess inside though the architect and developer say that it can be fixed.

That's what developer Amy Judd says about turning an old theatrical warehouse into housing, with an extra floor going on to allow a spectacular penthouse, a 13th unit.
"We're just so happy to be part of the whole 500 block. It's amazing what's happening there with the street opening up to cars. And all of the different smaller developers that have taken this on and it's a challenge," Judd said.

One of the other developers on that block is architect Carmina who moved his office and home into a building he renovated on Main Street.

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.