Three microbreweries, a pair Buffalo residential projects and D'Youville College's plan to open a new West Side science center dominate the Dec. 3 Buffalo Planning Board meeting.
In one of its busiest agendas in recent memory, the board members will get their first look at three long-planned beer brewing projects as well as the other proposed developments. Collectively, the new projects represent more than $60 million in private sector investment in the city.
Among the projects:
• Flying Bison Brewery is formally presenting plans to move and expand its operations from Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood to the Larkin District.
The popular craft beer producer wants to renovate a vacant building at 840 Seneca St. into its manufacturing center. It will also include a formal tasting room.
• Resurgence Brewing Co. wants to renovate a portion of a building at 1250 Niagara St. into a new beer brewery operation and outdoor, patio tasting rooms.
• Big Ditch Brewery is working with Iskalo Development Co. to renovate a portion of a building at 337 Ellicott St. into its craft beer brewing center. The project also includes a tasting room.
• D'Youville College will be formally presenting plans to renovate the former Gateway-Longview headquarters at 605 Niagara St. into a science center and teaching laboratories.
• Legacy LaSalle LLC has submitted plans for the first phase of a massive residential development it has proposed just off of LaSalle Avenue in Buffalo's University District. The initial phase focuses on the construction of a 250-unit, market-rate apartment complex.
Future phases include townhouses and single family homes.
• Developer David Pawlik, working with Belmont Shelter Co. and East Side businessman Herbert Bellamy Jr., on a $7 million project that will turn a long-vacant, 66,000-square-foot warehouse at 1490 Jefferson Avenue into a mixed-use building anchored by 30 apartments.
Pawlik said nearly 70 percent of the warehouse will be razed to make way for the new project. The apartments will be targeted to those who qualify under affordable housing guidelines and will be a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.
The project will also include a community center and new home for the local NAACP chapter.
Pawlik said the building will be named Bellamy Commons after Bellamy's father, the late-Buffalo councilman and East Side civic leader.
Also on the agenda are further reviews of three other high profile projects:
• Plans to build a pair of hockey rinks on the proposed Buffalo River Works property along Ganson Street and Kelly Island will get a deeper review. The multi-phased project, during a Nov. 19 planning board meeting, was questioned by commercial neighbors General Mills and ADM, who are concerned about its impact on their operations.
Buffalo River Works hope to have the rinks ready by February's Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament, with other phases to follow.
• The developers of the Grove at Buffalo student housing project, a 215-unit complex set along Forest Avenue, will also be back for further review.
• Plans by Evergreen Health Services to renovate a Genesee Street warehouse into a specialized apartment complex will also be subject to a deeper review by the board.