Kissling's 298 Main St. Makeover Ok'd

October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 7:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 7:23 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The conversion of the upper floors of a prominent downtown Buffalo building from commercial to residential has been granted approval by the Buffalo Planning Board.

The action clears the way for work to begin on the $6 million project. Anthony Kissling, the Kissling Interests LLC namesake and founder, plans 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 has 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.

The Buffalo architecture and engineering firm of Carmina Wood & Morris will handle the conversion work. 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.

Also in the works are two penthouse apartments on the building'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 work this fall and the have units tenant-ready within the next year.

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