656 Genesee Street


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October 2017
Photos by PRS, Mike Puma, Buffalo News, John Straubinger


656 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.26-1-35.1
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Next to: Queen-O Factory
Across from: 665 Genesee Street and 669 Genesee Street


REFUGE TEMPLE OF CHRIST, INC. per propertyviewer
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Physical Description

15,000sq.ft. two story brick building

Current Condition

2012 - The front facade, which was intact and in good condition, was hit by a vehicle. Some of its parapet was lost and the middle section has begun to cave in. The damage was left unrepaired.


  • 1900 - Build date based on unreliable City record
  • Once used as a chocolate factory. Has also housed a bowling alley on the second floor. Buffalo News

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • February 2017 - Purchased by Jeff and Mindy Hayes, owners of Hayes Construction Services, with plans to renovate the building and move from the company headquarters at 902 Seneca St. Buffalo News
    • 'The Planning Board, which approved the project this week, directed Hayes to restore the front facade to its original look. The firm plans to repair or replace the windows, roof and other exterior features. Workers will also cover the clay tile on the sides with a wall paneling colored to match the company's blue-and-brown logo. The company will occupy the second floor with offices and support space, while using part of the first floor for a lobby, offices and bathrooms. The rest would be material and equipment storage.' Buffalo News

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