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885 Niagara Street

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885 Niagara Street. Photos by Bryan Lohr, Chris Schmidt

Location

885 Niagara Street, Buffalo NY 14213
Southeast corner of Massachusetts and Niagara
Niagara Council District
SBL: 99.58-6-1
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Owner

Burnwood Studios (Bryan Lohr) per City of Buffalo Property Information
was recently sold to developer Regan Development.

Physical Description

40,000 sq. ft. brick complex of connected warehouse/commercial buildings, with frontage on Niagara, Massachusetts and small frontage on Prospect. Up to three stories in height.

Current Condition

Occupied but at risk of further damage or significant partial demolition.

History

From previous owner Bryan Lohr (in Buffalo Rising, 2/2012): "The building at 885 Niagara was designed in 1903 by Sidney Woodruff, architect of the original Pierce-Arrow showroom on Main St, for the Buffalo Milk Company, a Medina sandstone and Roman brick structure in the neo-classical style. I believe construction started in 1905. The Buffalo Milk company soon after merged with the Queen City Dairy (the photo was in a book published in 1909 where it is called Queen City Dairy)."

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • Developer Regan Development plans to convert the complex into apartments and first floor retail space. Per their Planning Board application, they plan to retain only the Niagara Street façade and replace the building behind it.
  • October 2013 - Preservation Board submission - "DEMOLITION: Proposal to demolish the majority of the property including the Prospect Street 3 story portion, the single story connector, and the interior of the 3 story mass fronting Niagara Street. (Manuel Rivera to appear @ 10/17/2013 02:45 PM 901 City Hall)"
  • October 17, 2013 - "Approved with the exception of the demolition of the Prospect tower, which will be tabled until the next board meeting on 10/31/13."
  • October 22, 2014 - Regan Development to appear before the City Zoning Board of Appeals: "885 NIAGARA ST.-- MATT MEYER to convert a warehouse to an apartment building with parking. (198903) R2 district. Section 511-28 &96 REQUIRED USE AND PARKING IN THE DISTRICT REQUESTING EXTENSION."
  • October 5, 2015 - Business First - "HHL Architects, representing Regan Development, will be presenting a slightly revised renovation plan for the former Buffalo Milk Co. building at 885 Niagara St. to the city planning board during its Oct. 6 meeting. The planning board had previously approved Regan’s proposal to invest $8 million on the project. The three-story, 77,000-square-foot building would be converted into a complex with 53 apartments that target low-to-moderate income residents."

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Added 2013-10-08 • Last changed 2015-10-05