Lofts @ Elk Terminal


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Photo credit: Forgotten Buffalo via Sandra Snashell, Lofts @ Elk Terminal


250 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
SBL: 122.23-1-4
Fillmore Council District
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Next to: Buffalo XRay Co., Fairmont Creamery
Across from: H-O Oats Grain Elevator, 222 Chicago Street


EST DOWNTOWN LLC per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Concrete and brick terminal building

Current Condition

Renovated and in use as lofts


  • 1919 - Built as a massive food warehouse and trucking terminal for the City’s thriving Elk Street Food Market
    • "Trains would unload at one end and then the trucks would drive in and pick up their goods at specially marked loading docks."
    • "The activities at the terminal were, in time, largely superseded by the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal." BuffaloAH
  • "Bredenberg Distributing Co was an earlier supplier of import and out of town domestic beers into Buffalo. It pioneered the distribution of Labatt’s beer into the United States and also handled such brands as Schmidt’s, Schlitz, and Goeble. In 1954, Bredenberg gave local distribution rights to Gohr Distributing as it devoted its efforts to the national distribution of Labatt’s products. BTW, Labatt’s on draught first hit Buffalo bars in 1949. The company was owned by Jack Bredenberg (died 1993). Bredenberg had its warehouse inside the Elk Terminal." - Forgotten Buffalo

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2001-2002 - Renovation by First Amherst Development into 60 loft apartments
    • General contractor and construction manager of renovation: Peyton Barlow Co.
  • December 2015 - "First Amherst Development Group LLC wants to expand its Elk Terminal Lofts by more than a third, creating 23 new apartments in a side of the complex formerly used for company storage.

The developer plans to convert about 35,000 square feet of warehouse space into a mixture of mostly two-bedroom loft-style apartments." Buffalo News

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Added 2014-03-05 • Last changed 2016-01-06