It is a five-story, 50,000sf mixed-use building with retail and office spaces and twenty-one one- and two-person apartment units - providing commercial and residential vitality that will draw people to the long-neglected river’s edge.
In coordination with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the building is set back from the Ohio Street Parkway and close to the Buffalo River - sited to maximize views down the waterway and to encourage accessibility of the water’s edge. A new small boat dock (with an associated pedestrian walkway) will be built along the edge of the waterway to encourage access to the site from the river and through the site from adjacent public parks. A sand-filled area north of the building will be dedicated as an “urban beach” to accommodate warm-weather related activities such as sunbathing and volleyball.
The building’s massing is designed and articulated to complement the historic concrete structures across the Buffalo River. Recessed areas on the façades break down the scale of the overall massing, provide opportunities for tenant balconies, and create proportions that reference the historic grain elevators. To further emphasize this character, the structure is clad with a palette of materials and cladding systems that allude to the surrounding context; a fiber cement rain-screen system, corrugated galvanized sheet metal siding, profiled weathered steel panels and cumaru board siding all contribute to adding variety and warmth to the façades while “softening” the scale of the building.