Midtown Momentum Continues
In a boost for Midtown, Savarino Cos. has unveiled their design for a two-story office building proposed for a reviving section of Main Street. The two-story 30,000 sq.ft. structure will be constructed on the site of the Buffalo Tourist Lodge property at 1159 Main near Dodge. Savarino, working with local investors, sees the project as a northern extension of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. As such, they are marketing the space to medical and bioscience tenants.
“We’re pretty excited about the potential the project has to complement the other activity on Main Street, and to extend the impact of the Buffalo Medical Corridor,” says Christopher Dirr, JD, Savarino’s Vice President of Development and President of the firm’s Florida operations. “We have had interesting preliminary inquiry from a broad range of medical related businesses– from various medical practice groups to medical innovators.”
Buffalo Rising contributor Steven Stipanovich, who co-authored a vision plan for the neighborhood (Recommendations for Public and Private Investment in Midtown Buffalo, 2005- document found here courtesy of David Torke at FixBuffalo), gives the design an early blessing.
“It's not an architectural breakthrough by any means, but it is modern for Buffalo," says Stipanovich. “It's much better than faux historic, meets the street well, and rejuvenates a horrendous block. I wish it was mixed-use, but it is much better than what is there by far and will help to connect the Medical Campus with ArtSpace.”
“Considering how nothing else on the street has been built to conform with the Main Street Transit Zone Overlay district, the project is a winner,” he adds.
Buffalo Tourist Lodge was built in 1965 and expanded in 1971. It contains 72 rooms in two separate buildings. Work on the Silvestri Architects-designed, $10 million office building is anticipated to start in the spring.
Savarino has been busy as of late. The firm oversaw the renovations and expansion at the Ira G. Ross Eye Institute directly across the street at 1176 Main Street. A few blocks north, Savarino served as general contractor for the ArtSpace project.
Savarino is one of four developers interested in the Main-LaSalle infill site and recently submitted a proposal for townhouse units on a vacant parcel in Waterfront Village. The company is also on the verge of beginning renovations to the Benlin warehouse in the Cobblestone District. That building is being converted to a mix of retail, office and residential space.
Get connected: Savarino Cos, 716.332.5959