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479 Amherst Street


Sue Cholewa


479 Amherst Street, Buffalo NY 14207
North Council District
SBL Number: 88.28-6-1
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Susan Cholewa dba Black Rock 1, LLC

Physical Description

Former gas station with apartments behind and on second floor.

Current Condition

Being restored by owner Susan Cholewa.


Recent Events and Actions Taken

Owner Susan Cholewa: "2 years ago today [July 2013], I bought the 1920's gas station at Amherst and Howell! It had no gas, electric, heat or water. There was 3 ft of water in the basement, two holes in the roof( which had allowed water to destroy the flooring on the second and first floors), collapsed ceilings and broken windows. The balcony had severe structural issues and the building was filled with garbage. As of today, there is a new roof, water and electrical service, The basement is dry( some damp spots) the upstairs is framed and the bathrooms plumped. The garbage is gone.The original windows that could be restored are back and the balcony was rebuilt. I'm not a big developer so it takes time and money! There were times that the only way I survived was doing a shot of Blackberry brandy at Casey's Tavern across the street. Tears, sleepless nights, extreme stress but never the idea of quitting. I am honored to be its steward and will continue full steam ahead!"

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Added 2014-10-26 • Last changed 2016-10-28