The Webb Weaves A Tale Of Downtown Success
Today was the first day that there was any sort of viewing of the 'demo' loft within the Webb Building (90-94 Pearl Street). The project is nearing completion, so Rocco Termini offered to give BRO viewers a glimpse inside. The demo double loft unit, located on the building's second floor is an example of all units found inside. The variations might include different arched windows... some of which will blow you away.
The first design element that I experienced was the kitchen - boasting limestone floors and stainless steel countertops. The bathrooms have white marble floors and vanities imported from Italy. The rest of the space (decorated by 'room' on Elmwood) featured distressed hardwood floors, brick walls, eleven-foot ceilings with eight and a half foot windows, and a fireplace. Needless to say the views are as stunning as the interior. From the second floor, tenants will be able to see Lake Erie. And within walking distance are the Erie Basin Marina, a bike path, baseball games, Pearl Street Brew Pub, the Erie Canal Terminus, the HSBC Arena and the Light Rail. Rocco has even worked out a deal with a parking ramp so that Webb tenants will have a covered parking spot at their disposal.
The units are all doubles, and each ranges from $1200-$1300. Then there's the 16,000 sq.' Vincennes Academy childcare facility that is slated to open September 15th. The daycare will occupy the first two floors where 140 children will find plenty of space to roam. A quick elevator ride to the roof will offer an unusual playground located on the roof of the building. And tenants of the building will be offered laundry facilities and a gym.
Workers are currently replacing the rusted steel exterior moldings. They are being replaced by detailed fiberglass reproductions that will look identical to the originals. I asked Rocco what his thoughts were regarding the rehab of the Webb Building and he answered, "There's no reason to tear down any historic building in this city. There is no building that is worse shape than this was!" I then asked him what the status of the Greystone Building is. "It'll probably get knocked down if nobody fixes it up soon," he said. "These buildings are not easy... they take the right developer. It's possible that there is a developer out there that could save the Greystone... I have been looking, but I've found nobody so far. If you know of anyone I would be happy to talk to them."
While I was talking to Rocco he answered a phone call. This conversation followed, "We have nothing for rent. We're totally occupied (referring to the rest of his developments). If you can hang on 'till September we will have some more coming on the market. Yeah, it's the Webb Building..." Obviously the market continues to support these loft developments. It would be a shame to see the Greystone bite the dust (literally).
Reserve a space at the Webb Building for September. 716-861-5385