Out-of-town firm buys site near UB South

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM EDT

By Business First 's James Fink

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October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM EDT

The Chabad House, a Jewish-based organization that offers religious and social gatherings for University at Buffalo students, has sold its Main Street location.

According to documents filed in the Erie County Clerk's office, the Chabad House - under the Bais Lubavitch Inc. banner - sold 5,606-square-foot building, located at 3288 Main Street, to Purityson LLC, an out-of-town based investment group. Purityson paid $210,000, according to the documents.

The building, located at the corner of Main Street and Englewood Avenue, sits almost across the street from University at Buffalo's South Campus.

Tentative plans call for Purityson to renovate building's second story into apartments while the first floor may be geared for a restaurant, retail or small office. The development will be overseen by local interests.

"It is a good looking building, with a nice presence and UB right there," said Ben Schiller, a broker with Pyramid Brokerage Co. of Buffalo, who handled the deal.

Chabad House was formed in 1971 and had been in the building since 1996. Slightly more than two years ago, it consolidated all of its functions to a building it operates on North Forest Road in Amherst near UB's North Campus.

In the interim, the building was used for storage and other activities.

Chabad House put it on the market more than 18 months ago.

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