Unique Real Estate Space Available

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM EDT

As a veteran commercial real estate broker Chris Malachowski has shown a lot of different places from Main Street office buildings to retail sites in both Buffalo and the suburbs in his career.

But, come Nov. 20, Malachowski will be showing off something completely different.

Malachowski, a broker with Hunt Commercial Real Estate, is holding a tour party for his fellow brokers to show off some excess space that Trinity Episcopal Church has to offer.

No, Trinity is not closing.

Anything but.

The landmark Delaware Avenue church is very much alive and well.

Rather, this is some space it has in its real estate portfolio that the church no longer needs. That includes the Marfield Room, which has hosted countless wedding and other receptions over the years.

It also includes a century-old house at 370 Franklin St. - just around the corner from the church - that Trinity is buying but hopes to lease out approximately 3,500-square-feet of the 5,867-square-foot renovated home.

"We're hoping the tour piques interest on a couple of different levels," Malachowski said. "On one hand, it is kind of unique to be leasing space that is owned by a church and, on the other hand, it is even more unique because the church is still a working church."

The draw is the location - Delaware Avenue almost directly across the street from the Buffalo Club - and, it remains an active building, or more accurately, buildings.

Clearly, the space could be used for offices.

A residential conversion is also possible.

"I'm going to leave it up to people' imagination," Malachowski said. "It should be an interesting day, that's for sure."

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