Savarino Companies

Private-Public Plan Saves West Side Site

Business First

10/25/2011

A historic West Side building, that at one time was dangerously close to be demolished, officially has found new life.

City leaders, headed by Mayor Byron Brown, gathered Monday afternoon by the former White Brothers Livery Stables on Jersey Street to mark the start of its rebirth as the White's Livery Apartment project. Savarino Cos. is handling the $3.4 million project that will transform the once-derelict but historic building into a 14-unit apartment complex.

Savarino is working with West Side Neighboring Housing Services to fill the units under affordable living standards.

"This is a real victory for the City and members of the community who appealed to me to save the historic structure," Brown said.

Buffalo invested $574,000 to stabilize the late 1800s era building as sections began to crumble in 2008, months before Sam Savarino and his Buffalo-based company stepped into the picture with his development plan. Buffalo also allocated another $1,089,986 to help Savarino with the financing connected to the project.

Brown said the project is another example of Buffalo's attempt to save and restore historic structures - a fact that was brought home during last week's National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.

"The conference validates our efforts to save structures like this and reinforced the importance of preservation to the future of Buffalo," Brown said.

The White Brothers Livery Stables once served as boarding facilities for horse drawn carriages of Buffalo's wealthy during the late 1800s and early 1900s. More recently, the three story structure sat vacant and become a major eyesore.

by
James Fink



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