At the turn of the century Washington Street was bustling with an influx of light industrial activity, such as hat manufactures and Sinclair & Rooney quickly became a leader in the industry.
With a recent influx of residential tenants moving to downtown Buffalo, the building is in close proximity to public transportation, cultural events, large corporate centers and an abundance of entertainment options. These positive environmental components made the historic rehabilitation of the building an ideal choice for a large real estate development company.
During rehabilitation, selective demolition was followed with guidance from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). With a renovation sensitive to the historic fabric of the building, an ornamental staircase was saved along with some original windows. In order to enhance energy efficiency, new windows with a historic profile are being installed in most of the residential units.
Amenities will include walk-in closets and additional storage, along with gas fireplaces, built in wine chillers fridges and in-unit laundry in larger units. A tenant activity area is being developed along with bike storage in order to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. The redevelopment of a historic building demonstrates shifting dynamics of urban areas while promoting sustainable development.