Savarino Companies

Sycamore Street Rehab Planned

Buffalo Rising


A historic brick structure will be rehabbed and expanded under plans by Lakeshore Behavior Health, Inc.  The adaptive reuse project at the northeast corner of Sycamore Street and Michigan Avenue will create a sixteen-bed homeless housing facility.  BHNT Architects is designing the project.

Lake Shore Behavioral Health promotes self-sufficiency, mental wellness and recovery, and an enhanced quality of life for all individuals with mental illnesses and chemical abuse disorders by providing effective, accessible and culturally sensitive services.

The existing 2½-story brick structure at 108 Sycamore Street, the victim of remuddling over the years, will be renovated to contain the major living and dining areas and a new commercial-grade kitchen.  A two-story, 2800 square foot wood framed addition to the rear will contain most of the living areas.  It will feature 16 single-occupancy rooms, multiple common baths, two sitting areas, a living room, dining area and kitchen.  There will be two offices for facility staff and two exterior porch areas.

The site includes seven off-street parking spaces. a large landscaped lawn area and statue are planned.

BHNT made efforts to respect the historic nature of the existing property by restoring the original arched window openings and repairing the damaged brickwork.  The addition was designed as a complement to this structure that is respectful of the proportions, rhythm, and detailing of the original building, but does not detract from its historicity.  Significant effort was made to upgrade the energy efficiency of the entire facility.

Funding for the $1.4 million project has been provided by the US Department of Housing, New York State Housing Assistance and the John R. Oishei Foundation.  Savarino Construction Corporation has been selected by Lakeshore Behavioral Health Inc. to build the facility.  Work is expected to start in May.



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