Kissling plans $6M conversion at 298 Main St.

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM EDT

By Business First's James Fink

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October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM EDT


The continued demand for downtown residential housing options has prompted a developer to move forward with a conversion of a Main Street building into high-end apartments and a pair of penthouse-style units.

Anthony Kissling, the Kissling Interests LLC namesake and founder, confirmed he wants to renovate the top five floors of the of the "White Building" at 298 Main Street into high-end apartments. The floors had been the one-time home of the DamonMorey LLP law firm, which moved to the Avant Building.

Kissling said he decided to move ahead with converting the building's upper floors from office to residential after reviewing the downtown Buffalo landscape.

"Clearly, there is a big demand for downtown (residential) units," Kissling said. "You can see the trend where more apartments are making their way down Main Street."

The project carries a $6 million price tag.

Kissling has retained the Buffalo architecture and engineering firm of Carmina Wood & Morris to handle the conversion work. The proposal will be reviewed on Oct. 9 by the Buffalo Planning Board and later by the Buffalo Preservation Board because of its historic status. The 11-story, 101,400-square-foot building was constructed in 1917.

Kissling said he wants to bring 24 apartments to floors 7 through 10 in the building. The units will range in size from 1,100-square-feet to 2,000-square-feet.

"Once you get to the seventh floor, everyone has a great, unobstructed view," Kissling said.

Also in the works are two penthouse apartments on the buildings's 11th floor that will be approximately 2,200-square-feet and have two bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Each unit will come with a roof top garden and dramatic views.

Besides the view, other amenities in the building will include concierge service 16 hours a day, seven days a week, valet parking and some limited on street parking along Cathedral Park Place.

The project also includes an expansion of the Globe Market on the building's first floor.

Kissling said he hopes to start the renovation this fall and the have units tenant-ready within the next year.

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