Buffalo planners to eyeball Donovan makeover

May 2, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 8:18 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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May 2, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 8:18 AM EDT


The Buffalo Planning Board will get its last look at development plans for the Donovan State Office Building when it meets on May 8.

The board has set a hearing to review Benderson Development Co.'s proposed $30 million makeover of the eight-story downtown Buffalo building that is being rehabbed and is considered one of the key anchors for the Canalside project along lower Main Street. The board's review is the final look-see stop in the project's pre-development stage.

Benderson is already working in the building, prepping it for a massive renovation.

The Phillips Lytle LLP law firm is leasing the building's top four floors, roughly 85,000-square-feet, while a 96 room Courtyard by Marriott is planned for its lower floors. The building should be tenant-ready by late next year.

The planning board's review is considered procedural.

Besides the Donovan project, other items on the planning board agenda include:

• A proposal by St. John the Baptist Church to construct 49 townhomes in the next phase of its Fruit Belt neighborhood redevelopment effort.

• The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. will present its proposal to convert 21 acres of vacant land at 175 Fuhrmann Boulevard into a public park. The harbor development agency acquired the land from the New York Power Authority, who previously used it to store its ice boom equipment.

The park sits next to Times Beach and its development is part of the ECHDC's plan to make Buffalo's waterfront more accessible to the public.

• Louie's Texas Red Hots is seeking approval for a 750-square-foot outdoor patio to its soon-to-open new location at 1049 Elmwood Ave.

In 2010, he became chair of Kaleida Health board of trustees. He has been a member of the board since 2007.

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