Developer Rocco Termini is taking a step toward turning a North Buffalo machine shop into a mixed-use complex.
Termini will present his development plan on Dec. 18 for the $6 million Houk Lofts project. The project is set for 320 Grote St.
The plans will be reviewed by the Buffalo Planning Board Pierce Arrow parts were once manufactured in the building. Termini is proposing a conversion to 23 market-rate apartments. A portion of the first floor would be used for what he described as "unique" retail.
The project is named after the former Houk Wire Wheel Co. that produced wire wheels for the Pierce Arrow Co., whose sole plant was located nearby at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Great Arrow Avenue. Several other manufacturers operated out of the building.
Termini has had the building under contract since this summer. The deal won't close until all the environmental studies are completed and the necessary City of Buffalo permits have been approved.
The planning board is the first of several approvals Termini needs before the renovation work can begin.
"Ideally, I'd like to be underway by this spring," Termini said.
The Houk Lofts is one of two Termini is considering in the North Buffalo area near Buffalo State College. He is considering purchasing the former FWS Warehouse building on Elmwood Avenue and renovating it into a mixed-use development, also anchored by market-rate apartments.