Located near the corner of Amherst and Main Street directly across from the subway station, this project consists of the conversion, partial demolition, and rehabilitation of this multi-expanded two-story former industrial Cranz-Rubber and Gasket Building into a new Mixed-Use - 24 unit apartment housing, Community Service Facility Executive Administrative Offices and a community Bakery. Congruent with the City of Buffalo’s Comprehensive Master Plan, this project is recognized by the City of Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning to be the City’s first sustainable design LEED (i.e., Silver Rated) “green” project. This project was also fortunate to be selected by the Department of Housing and Community Renewal competition for state funding with the full integration of the new “Green Initiative”.
The rehabilitation of the exterior envelope consists of a complete re-roof, window replacement, poured-in-place concrete frame rehabilitation, stone/brick historic masonry rehabilitation, cleaning, stone steps rehabilitation and reconstruction of contiguous exterior walls where demolition of 18,000 sq. ft. of unusable existing structure(s) was removed.
A new 34-space parking lot and landscape areas are sensibly integrated with new outdoor activities (i.e. play areas and communal social spaces); allowing better efficient use of the site with increased green space areas.
The interior rework consists of a complete integration of new energy-efficient mechanical/electrical/fire protection with a new vertical circulation of stair(s) and passenger elevator. Each single and double apartment unit is unique in size and layout consisting of 980 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft. of space with common traits of loft-style aesthetics revealing the exposed concrete frame/masonry columns, walls and exposed joists.