Savarino Companies

Cobblestone Gains Rooftop Perch

Buffalo Rising


Things are looking up for 95 Perry Street.  The mixed-use project by Michigan Street Dev. LLC, an affiliate of Savarino Cos. and Avalon Development in the Cobblestone district, is getting a rooftop garden and patio area.  It will be available to the office and residential tenants of the recently-opened complex at the corner of Mississippi and Perry streets. 

The rooftop deck, with stunning 360° views of the Cobblestone district, inner harbor, and the downtown skyline, is surrounded with plantings.  It will soon include a BBQ, trellis work, and patio furniture.  Premium Services created the rooftop plan.

Rooftop decks are becoming increasingly prevalent in urban residential and commercial projects.  Allentown lofts, Genesee Gateway, the 849 Delaware Condominium Conversion, and an office building expansion at 334 Delaware all are looking at installing rooftop amenities on their projects.  A few others are exploring true green roofs to moderate a roof's urban heat island effect, mitigate storm water runoff, provide water and air purification, and reduce energy consumption. 

150 native and other drought-tolerant plants were used, hearty enough to take the baking summer sun and cold, windy conditions.

"We are using zone 3-4 plants for the roof due to the extreme conditions," says landscape contractor and designer Dave Majewski of Premium Services. 

"The roof can be south Texas weather in the summer and northern Canada in the winter with winds over 60mph during storms," says Majewski.  "with sufficient soil and mulch in the metal planting containers, and plenty of watering, they will be fine."

Nearly 20 tons of soil was lifted to the roof three barrels at a time on Wednesday and the greenery was planted yesterday.  the plant palate features:

  • Rhus aromatica - sumac
  • Myrica pennsylvanica - bayberry
  • Comptonia peregrina
  • Cornus siberica - dogwood
  • Larix larcina - larch
  • Potentilla

Downstairs, three of the building's five residences are spoken for.  Units are priced from $1181/month.  Located on the second floor, the lofts feature high ceilings, granite countertops, stained and polished high-gloss concrete floors, exposed ductwork, original brickwork, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer, walk-in shower in the master bath, secure access, and dedicated parking.  Anyone that toured the property during the recent downtown housing tour was able to see owner/developer Sam Savarino's incredible residence.

Both of the remaining units are two-bedroom plans.  One is a corner unit featuring a walk-out, covered balcony with access from the main living area and master bedroom.  Resident amenities include access to the rooftop patio and first floor exercise room

On the commercial side, Watts Architecture & Engineering occupies the third and half of the second floor.  Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) leased the top two floors, but recently disclosed that it will sublease one of them. 

Plans for a coffee bar on the first floor were nixed as the adjacent office tenant, Winsoft Software, desired additional space.  Savarino is holding out for a restaurant tenant for the 5,000 sq.ft. corner commercial space that features a spacious covered patio. 


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