A&P Tea Co. Warehouse


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June 2017
Photo credit: Buffalo Rising, Mark Mulville/Buffalo News


545 Swan Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
Occupies the entire block bounded by Swan, Hamburg, Myrtle and Jefferson
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Next to: A&P Bakery
Across from: F.N. Burt Building


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Physical Description

8 story, 240,000 sq.ft. steel-reinforced concrete industrial building

Current Condition

Dec 2014 - renovation plan approved


  • Built 1910
  • Once a major U.S. distribution center for the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.
  • Home of Mesmer Refrigeration Inc. since 1972

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • July 2013 - Announcement that Mesmer may move to make way for a $42 million renovation of the building into apartments by a group led by Rocco Termini, with a projected completion of 2016. The project would call for "150 to 200 apartments (geared to tenants making up to 60 percent of area median income) and a new home for the City Mission. Architecture, engineering and interior design firm Carmina Wood Morris is preparing the reuse plans." Buffalo Rising
  • August 2013 - Sources say the City Mission Board of Directors has voted against moving to 545 Swan Street on the edge of Larkinville Buffalo Rising
  • November 2014 - Chris Schmidt: Ohio-based developer Miller Valentine Group is planning a conversion to residential use: "The eight-story A&P Warehouse would be converted at a cost of over $26 million and contain approximately 120 apartments and indoor parking. Apartments would include both market-rate and income-restricted units (typically 60 or 80 percent of area median income). Architecture, engineering and interior design firm Carmina Wood Morris is preparing the reuse plan and the project is listed as an informational item on the November 6 Preservation Board agenda. The property is not within a preservation district but the project is expected to utilize historic preservation tax credits."
  • December 2014 - The Buffalo Planning Board approved the renovation proposal.
  • February 2016 - An Indianapolis group, KCG Development LLC, paid $1.5 million for the building with plans to take over from the Cincinnati-based Miller-Valentine Group who initiated the renovation project. The new $38 million plan calls for 147 mixed-income apartments and 4k sq.ft. of commercial space. Buffalo News
  • June 2017 - Renovation work begins

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