Termini Ready To Develop FWS Warehouse

January 10, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT

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Termini Ready To Develop FWS Warehouse

January 10, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (Business First) - Developer Rocco Termini has fine-tuned his proposed renovations to the former FWS Warehouse building on Elmwood Avenue.

The $16 million project is one of the first Termini has in his pipeline for North Buffalo.

The Buffalo Planning Board will get its first look at Termini’s FWS Warehouse building project when it meets on Jan. 15.

Plans call for the multi-story, 90,000-square-foot building, which dates back to the early 1920s, to be anchored by 35 market-rate apartments along with a first floor distillery and restaurant. Termini has dubbed the project the Distillery Lofts in honor of the first floor signature tenant.

Designed by the fabled local architecture firm, Esenwein and Johnson, the building has a number of “hidden” amenities, including a 3,000-square-foot interior courtyard that will be renovated and turned into the centerpiece of the restaurant.

The distillery and restaurant will be separate, but related operations.

Termini said he hopes to start work on the project later this year, after he receives all the necessary municipal approvals and environmental reviews are completed.

Besides the Distillery Lofts, Termini is also working on renovating a Grote Street former manufacturing site into a mixed-use project, also anchored by apartments.