AP Lofts in Larkinville to Break Ground

There's beauty in community history, and we're honored to be a part of the team that's re-imagining and redesigning Larkinville one brick at a time! To celebrate the construction of the new AP Lofts at 545 Swan Street, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony on September 6th. 

The AP Lofts is a mixed-use historic adaptive re-use project, delivering modern loft style apartments at the site of the former Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company warehouse that was built in 1910. 

Partnering with KCG Development and RP Oak Hill Development, we're creating 147 apartments with two stories of interior mezzanine parking within the existing envelope of this historic property. 


AP Lofts in Larkinville

Project Groundbreaking September 2017

Project Groundbreaking

On August 3 2017, Michigan Broadway LLC along with State and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Nash Lofts Project at the corner of Michigan and Broadway in the city of Buffalo. 

Plans include turning this trio of buildings along the so-called Dallenbach Block into a mixed-use development anchored by 18 apartments, a restaurant, and office space for the local NAACP.

In case you missed it, read up on thoughts and best wishes from the attendees courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo here

Cobblestone District Plans Continue

We're thrilled to be partnering with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, McGuire Development, and Labatt USA to bring the redevelopment of 79 Perry Street Hi-Temp building to life in Buffalo's Cobblestone District! This circa 1920 building previously served as a warehouse for the Flickinger Co., a local supermarket operator. Plans call for Labatt USA's corporate headquarters and restaurant/brewery on the first two floors, corporate offices for the third and fourth floors, and apartments for the sixth floor. We are seeking state and federal historic tax credits to help finance the project. This project serves as a major key development bridge between Canalside and Cobblestone Districts! Buffalo Business First details here

79 Perry St

Carmina Wood Morris Retained for 79 Perry Project


79 Perry Street Project Architect Retained

 Pegula Sports and Entertainment has retained Carmina Wood Morris, DPC to provide Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Interior Design services for the development of the Hi-Temp Fabrication/Peerless Fabrication building at 79 Perry Street. Specializing in historic preservation, the firm recognizes the importance of this century-old landmark.

“We are extremely honored and excited to partner with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, McGuire Development, and Labatt USA,” said Steve Carmina, AIA. “This is a vital project for the Cobblestone district and we’re thrilled to bring PSE’s vision to life.”

Mixed-use development plans for the 79,030 square-foot building include the Labatt USA headquarters and brew house/restaurant, commercial office space, and residential units. A leader in historic adaptive re-use, CWM has spearheaded the restoration of numerous buildings throughout the city, including the Hotel Lafayette and the AP Lofts.

“PSE is extremely passionate about redeveloping this historic property,” said Frank Cravotta, Pegula Sports and Entertainment’s EVP of creative services. “We have studied the past use of this building and properties similar to it, and are creating a plan that will protect its historical significance and tell the story of Labatt and our region. CWM has a vision to accomplish our unique objectives, and we are proud to partner with them."

Carmina Wood Morris, DPC...

Carmina Wood Morris has developed a distinct reputation for their design and technical skills over the last sixteen years. The principals of CWM: Steven J. Carmina, AIA; R. Christopher Wood, PE; Jonathan H. Morris, AIA; and Pamela Timby-Straitiff, CID IIDA; credit the success of their firm to the attention to detail, aesthetics, and service given to each project and client. They are a dynamic team collaborating to achieve innovative solutions, grounded in core values, respected in their profession and community.

CWM Wins 6th NYS Preservation Award

Phoenix Brewery Apartments Wins NYS Preservation Award





The Preservation League of New York State has selected the Phoenix Brewery Apartments in Buffalo to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The League's statewide awards program honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State's irreplaceable architectural heritage. This is the 6th time CWM has won this prestigious award for their work.

"Built in 1888 as a brewery, this building has already risen from the ashes once, when a fire destroyed more than half the structure and it earned its moniker 'Phoenix Brewery'," said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. "This project has transformed a vacant building and is the first market-rate residential development in the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus neighborhood. Meticulous restoration of the building's brick and sandstone masonry, replacement of the lost central "crown" of the structure's cornice, and sensitive interior work earned the approval of the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office, facilitating the use of Historic Preservation Tax Credits."

The project team included Jonathan Morris and Joseph Dorobiala of Carmina Wood Morris; Nick Sinatra, Matt Connors, Cole Hatley, and Tim Spitler of Sinatra and Company Real Estate; Donald Guize, IBC Engineering PC; and Lauri Traynor, Studio T3 Engineering.. The project used State and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

In 2014, Sinatra and Company Real Estate announced plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the Phoenix Brewery. The building's rebirth includes 3,000 square feet of commercial space and thirty-one unique, luxury loft apartments with exposed brick accents, tall ceilings, polished concrete floors and high-end finishes. Containing 15 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units ranging in size from 714 square feet to 1,314 square feet, each has a unique layout and several have second level loft areas. Carmina Wood Morris, DPC was retained by Sinatra & Co. to design the structure's reconstruction and restoration, securing Historic Preservation Tax Credits necessary to fund the project's implementation. Sinatra is donating ten percent of project profits to Say YES Buffalo, a community education collaborative aimed at increasing high school and post-secondary completion rates.

"This recognition is so rewarding because we had several specific challenges to overcome," said Joe Dorobiala of Carmina Wood Morris. "We're proud to work with enlightened development partners who allow us to bring forth our special expertise to keep Buffalo's historic past alive."

The awards will be presented at the Preservation League's Awards Ceremony in New York City at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10th at the historic New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street.

The complete list of award winners is: Phoenix Brewery Apartments, Buffalo; Beekman Hotel and Residences/Temple Court, New York City; A. Philip Randolph Houses, Phase One, New York City; South Street Seaport Museum: the 1885 sailing ship Wavertree, New York City; Rouge Tomate Chelsea, New York City; Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly Hotel Syracuse); Pickens Hall & Opera House, Heuvelton; Argos Inn, Ithaca. Ruth Pierpont, the former Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, will be honored for decades of service to the cause of historic preservation in New York State.

"With our annual awards program, the Preservation League explores not just the present, but the future of historic preservation. Many of the 2017 award winners provide valuable examples for others by incorporating energy efficiency techniques, adaptive reuse strategies and use of Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits," said DiLorenzo. "Each year, we are impressed by the number and variety of laudable nominations, and this year was no exception. We are delighted to celebrate the rebirth of the historic Phoenix Brewery as the Phoenix Brewery Apartments, and to commend all members of the project team for their leadership and vision."

Buffalo City Mission

Buffalo City Mission

Project In Progress

Following the standards of the newly-enacted Green Code, the plans for a new home for Buffalo City Mission are underway! Buffalo Business First details, here.  "At 74,000-square-feet, the building is nearly double the size of the City Mission’s current 38,318-square-foot home base that sits on the same parcel. The larger size serves as a reflection of the Buffalo City Mission’s growing customer base and demands on the agency.

Project In Progress: Emerson School

Buffalo Rising released the news today of our partnership with Rocco Termini and Uniland Development proposing a $70 million mixed-use development on Ellicott Street. We look forward to sharing our proposal with the school district! 

Project In Progress: Elmwood Forest Gateway

Our approach to this $30M project is to make it look to the pedestrian like a three-story building, and not a five-story building, by setting the top two floors back from the street and incorporating quality materials, classic architectural detailing, sufficient parking, green space, and environmental sustainability. The current plan is to create 57 high-end townhouse condominiums with ground-floor retail and parking hidden from view on the southeast block of Elmwood Ave, south of Forest Ave. 

From The Buffalo News: "'The intent of this project is to bring people and vibrancy to an area of my neighborhood that has been sorely lacking for some time,' said Steven J. Ricca, a land use attorney at Bond Schoeneck & King, who represents Chason and also lives in the Elmwood Village. 'We're here to meet a demand that is undeniable.'"

Watch this video to hear why the Elmwood Village needs this project! 

Project Groundbreaking: Hyatt Place NF


Today we celebrated the groundbreaking of Hamister Group INC.'s $35 Million, 128-room six-story Hyatt Place Hotel in Niagara Falls, NY! The building will include 14,500SF of meeting and banquet space with 7,000SF of retail space and a rooftop patio. In total, this 111,000SF building will be one of the largest non-casino developments Niagara Falls has seen in recent years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined developer Mark Hamister to praise the obstacles we've overcome to bring this hotel that will only encourage more resurgence of Niagara Falls. The Buffalo News has more details from the ceremony. 

Bosche Lofts Grand Opening

The ribbon has been cut! Congratulations to everyone who made the historic restoration of the Bosche Lofts at 916-918 Main Street possible! We're proud to have collaborated with Bison Electrical and GreenLeaf Development, and thank them for their hard work and dedication on this important project. 

This labor of love is now home to 23 one and two bedroom apartments featuring an atrium that all tenants have access to, exposed brick and duct work, high loft-style ceilings, and handicap accessibility. The units include granite counter tops, brand new stainless steel appliances, convenient in unit washer and dryer, central air, and natural lighting thanks to large Pella windows. All tenants have access to a shared rooftop patio space, overlooking the downtown Buffalo skyline. 

From The Buffalo News, 6/16/16: "After more than seven years of planning and work to save a pair of long-vacant historic buildings that faced demolition, the renovated Bosche Lofts are finally open on Main Street, putting their new residents across the street from the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus."

Photos c/o The Buffalo News

The Delavan Grand Opening

It's Grand Opening Day!! Visit our friends, the Salvatore's family, at The Delavan Hotel and experience the best hospitality Buffalo has to offer!! (not to mention how beautiful it is, if we do say so ourselves!) 

The hard work that our design team has been pouring into The Delavan has finally come to completion and there is so much excitement out there about this newly renovated space that we couldn’t be happier!

THANKS for all the great press:  Business First & The Buffalo News

Media Mavens - Catching Up With CWM


There's so much happening in our offices lately we thought we'd help you catch up on some of the latest and greatest moments in the media!

Most recently, we were featured on Ch2-WGRZ for our project in progress at the AP Lofts on Swan Street. Ron Plants was kind enough to interview Partner Steve Carmina about the project, which will feature a residential renovation with 147 one and two bedroom loft apartments. Steve says, "It's really meant for easy access, pedestrian access to Larkinville, and also to the city, you're a stone's through from the medical campus. If you're working at Larkinville or the medical campus or in the city and you make $30,000 you could afford to live here." 

We were also showcased on AM-Buffalo, when Linda Pellegrino stopped by our offices to talk about our Fifteen Year Anniversary! All five of our partners were able to share with Linda the progress downtown Buffalo has made and how our firm has been, and continues to be, a huge part of that momentum!

We're not just video stars either, Jonathan Epstein at the Buffalo News focused two recent articles on some of our projects in progress. The first was on our partnership with the Kissling Interests LLC and our work on the historic White Building at 298 Main Street. 

Pictured left is the updated lobby, featuring a blend of natural white marble, porcelain, and limestone that seamlessly create an open and inviting entrance. Make sure you check out the story here!

The second Epstein article was for our work on the previously mentioned AP Lofts restoration (historic photo pictured right). Although the video includes quotes from Steve too, the print article discusses the plans to cut a big hole through the center of the building, creating an inner courtyard, allowing it to put apartments around the interior core. Read the full article here. 

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