E. M. Hager & Sons Company / Spaghetti Warehouse / Planing Mill


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456 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo NY 14203
Also known as 141 Elm Street
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Ellicott Council District
SBL Number: 111.55-8-1.1
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Next to: Schaefer Plumbing Supply


Elm/Michigan Holdings LLC per propertyviewer
TM Montante Development
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Physical Description

43,500 sq.ft. three story brick building.

Current Condition

Secure and fenced in but unused pending rehab. Windows intact.


  • Hager established the E. M. Hager and Sons Company in April 1868 on Mortimer Street
  • The oldest building in the complex is the three-story main block, constructed in 1878.
  • The two-story wing to the north and the three-story section behind it were built a few years later (c. 1880) by a different wood working company. These buildings were eventually acquired by Hager and incorporated into the ever growing complex.
  • The final addition came circa 1920 with the construction of a three-story wing that includes a mezzanine level.
  • The company ceased operations in the early 1980s.
  • The building had a number of restaurant and bar tenants beginning with Spaghetti Warehouse in 1988, followed by Your Father's Mustache, Sweetwater's, and finally SensationZ, which closed in 2004
History courtesy Buffalo Rising

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2006 - Kevin Townsell planned to convert the structure into approximately 32 upscale apartments or condos.
  • 2010 - Greenleaf & Co. and Paul J. Kolkmeyer had the building under contract with plans to create 38 to 40 lofts with a $6-7 million restoration. The partners split up before work could get started.
  • Sept 2012 - Elm Street Properties LLC sold property to Elm/Michigan Holdings LLC for $706,522
  • March 2013 - The building added to the State Register based on the nomination prepared by Preservation Studios.
  • April 2013 - Buffalo Urban Development Corp approved a $500,000 bridge loan to help finance an $8 million makeover into a building anchored by 25 apartments and 12,000-square-feet of commercial space
  • November 2013 - Construction begins.
  • March 2014 - 'The $8 million renovation project is one of the first to receive financial backing from the Buffalo Building Reuse Project, as the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. has agreed to allocate $750,000 to TM Montante Development. The BUDC funds come on top of tax breaks previously approved by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. ' Buffalo Business First

Other Pertinent Facts

  • The mill operated six, ten-hour days per week, using an estimated 100 rail car loads of lumber each year.
  • The firm was one of the prime construction contractors of the Pan American Expo of 1901.
  • 2013-3-22 - E.M. Hager & Sons Co. Planing Mill added to the state register of historic places


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