HHL Architects designed this mixed-use low income housing project for working families. The developer has constructed numerous housing projects in the northeast US, but this was their first project in Buffalo.
The project involves the adaptive reuse of the National Register-listed automobile showroom and multi-story vehicle storage building into 40 one, two, and three bedroom units, storefront and common use space, and the construction of surface parking and a new “pocket park” on the rear properties.
The interior styling of the existing showroom, which includes multi-colored Spanish floor tiles, influenced the kitchens and bathrooms of the new apartments. Conversion of the commercial building into a residential building required updates to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Hazardous materials were identified and abated.
The project was funded in part by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and historic tax credits. Both funding sources required compliance with agency design standards.