Savarino Companies

Work Starts on White's Livery Redevelopment

Buffalo Rising

10/25/2011

Mayor Brown, West Side Neighboring Housing Services and Savarino Companies marked the beginning of a new era on Jersey Street as they broke ground at the White's Livery Apartment project, a building once used as a Livery Stable, on Monday. The Cottage District landmark will house fourteen apartments when complete.

The project is a victory for neighborhood residents who stepped in to stop an emergency demolition after bricks started dropping from the neglected property in 2008. Residents successfully lobbied the City to save the structure's front and rear facades and distinctive tower. Savarino's plans call for new construction within the building's remaining walls.

"This is a real victory for the City, and members of the community who appealed to me to save the historic structure," said Mayor Brown. "The City secured the funding needed to stabilize the neglected building when it started to collapse a few years ago, saving it from emergency demolition."

The City spent more than $574,000 to stabilize the building after sections began to crumble in 2008. These funds helped to save enough of the building so that it could be redeveloped. The City then allocated, to the developer, an additional $1,089,986 to make this vital project happen. The City also extended to the development a payment in lieu of taxes agreement, with the first annual payment equal to 3 percent of effective income.

"Attendees of the National Preservation Conference left Buffalo this past weekend with glowing reviews about our City's preservation efforts." Mayor Brown said. "The conference validates our efforts to save structures like this, and reinforced the importance of preservation to the future of Buffalo."

White Brothers Livery Stables once served as boarding facilities for the horse drawn carriages of Buffalo's wealthy. Over time, the neglected property became an eyesore, crumbling into ruin.

Mayor Brown praised developer Sam Savarino as a champion on this project. His passion and commitment to this neighborhood resulted in a useful re-use for the property.

Savarino plans to rehabilitate the remaining portion of the structure into 14 affordable apartments. Units will range in size from 700 sq.ft. for a one-bedroom apartment to 1,025 sq.ft. and two bedrooms.

Twelve enclosed parking spaces will be provided on the ground floor along with laundry facilities. Completion of the $3.4 million dollar project is slated for September 2012. Stieglitz Snyder Architecture designed the project.

Savarino said, "While there are many people and institutions that should be acknowledged for helping to bring the White's Livery Apartments project to fruition it simply would not have been a project at all without the early support from the Mayor, and the commitment of City Home Funds, as a component part of the financing."

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