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S.M. Flickinger / Peerless Mill / John Labatt House

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2013
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2017 Proposal
Photo credit: Mike Puma ViewsOfBuffalo, Buffalo News

Location

79 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
SBL: 122.05-4-1
Fillmore Council District
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Next to: Benlin Warehouse / 95 Perry and Iron Works
Near: 41 Perry Street
Across from: Public School 3

Owner

Pegula Sports and Entertainment
Formerly MCKENDRY SHELLEY per City of Buffalo Property Information

Physical Description

5 story, 79,030 (or 81,075) sq.ft. brick industrial building on a corner parcel

Current Condition

Appears to be fairly original, intact, and in use. The first floor window openings have been modified and the brick has been painted and is fading. The rear portion appears to have been a later addition to the complex.

History

  • 1910 - The building was designed by local architect R.J. Reidpath. This was the first phase of construction, with a timber-frame and masonry wall structure. It was built as a 'five-story warehouse for wholesale food retailer S.M. Flickinger Co., whose founder began his Red & White Food Stores business from the site.' Buffalo News
  • 1914 - The Peerless Mill Supply Co. is formed
    • Peerless Inc operated in the building for decades, until the 2017 sale.
  • 1924 - Second phase of building construction, adding a reinforced concrete-framed daylight-factory portion.
  • Also the long time location of Hi-Temp Fabrication
  • The adjoining two-story reinforced-concrete building on Illinois 'was originally part of the Aldrich Manufacturing Co., which made brass goods in the early 20th century.' Buffalo News

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • February 2014 - Cobblestone Historic District, previously just a local designation, becomes certified and obtains access to state/national historic tax credits based on application completed by Preservation Studios for the owners of Iron Works: Sam Savarino, Roger Trettel, Ed Plata, and Dan Mania
  • May 2016 - The building is under contract for new ownership, as "Pegula Sports & Entertainment has reached an agreement with John McKendry, owner of Hi-Temp Fabrication." Business First.
  • February 2017 - The building was purchased by the Pegulas for $7 million.
  • April 2017 - 'Labatt USA confirmed that it will open a restaurant and small test brewery called the "John Labatt House". Labatt, which is also relocating its headquarters from Fountain Plaza to the facility's second floor, will be the anchor tenant.' Buffalo News
  • July 2017 - Pegula Sports & Entertainment will move its corporate headquarters from the Fairmont Creamery to the third and fourth floors of this building. The $13 million renovation project will include a complete exterior and interior renovation of the two properties to bring the facade back to 'their appropriate periods of significance' while updating the 'mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.' 'Existing wood-framed double-hung windows in part of the complex will be restored, while industrial steel-framed windows in the concrete section will be replaced with units that will match the original look. The exterior masonry will be stripped of the white paint and restored to its historic red brick appearance, while any damaged or deteriorated bricks will be repointed or replaced by salvaged bricks, the documents say. And wooden floors, steel fire doors, exposed structural pieces and masonry walls will be restored.' The project qualifies for historic tax credits, and the current parking lot will be reduced. Buffalo News
  • January 2018 - Projected start date of a year long mixed use re-development

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the Cobblestone Historic District
  • "Founded in Canada in 1847, Labatt has been importing beer into the United States since 1951, and it's now the nation's top-selling Canadian beer, particularly in the Great Lakes region closest to Canada. Labatt USA, which has the exclusive rights to import, market and sell Labatt beer in the United States, is separate from the original Canadian company, which is owned by Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev." Buffalo News

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Added 2014-02-28 • Last changed 2017-07-17