Parking lots, environmental enhancements and façade renovations are all on the docket for consideration by the Buffalo Planning Board at its meeting next week.
McGuire Development Group is seeking approval for some exterior changes to its plan for the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital, now called Compass East. The developer wants to move some parking around and add some more green space, among other things, said President Jim Dentinger.
McGuire bought the 8.7-acre property out of bankruptcy late last year, and its $20 million project entails converting the 160,000-square-foot former hospital into a medical, technology and workforce facility.
Time Warner Cable Business Class will to locate its East Coast service center on the first floor, with more than 150 jobs, and the building will also house University Pediatric Dentistry and a McGuire Group training facility, as well as temporarily the Langston Hughes Institute.
Additionally, board members will consider a design and site plan to build a 31-space parking lot for D’Youville College at 783 Niagara St., which is a vacant, fenced-in lot at Vermont Street, about a block from the landlocked campus.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers has applied for approval of its site plan to restore and enhance the Buffalo River shoreline to the west of the drawbridge at Riverbend Commerce Park, 1339 South Park Ave.
The Hatch restaurant, a mainstay of the waterfront for years, is seeking approval to construct two two-story additions.
And developer and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs – who owns Avalon Development – is seeking permission for $500,000 in upgrades and façade renovations for his Brownies Uniform Building at 739-741 Main St., for a new tenant, Avalon Document Services. The two firms are not related.
Avalon Document, which started in Utica and came to Western New York five years ago, is located down the street in 5,000 square feet at Jacobs’ building at 721-723. But it needs more space, so it is relocating to the other building, which Jacobs has owned for five years. Jacobs said it will likely increase employment as well.
The new site is actually two structures – the two-story building on Main and an attached single-story back building that fronts on Washington Street.
Avalon Document will have 9,500 square feet for its office and production needs, and the back building – originally a car garage – will be converted to indoor parking for 15 cars.
The meeting is at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in City Hall.
Separately, the city Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a variance request by David E. Pawlik of Creative Structures Services, who wants to build a two-story, eight-unit apartment building on a 4,720-square-foot fenced-in vacant lot at 2017 Bailey Ave., with parking at 222 Doat St.