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Ex-Livery On Coming Back On West Side

Business First


A historic West Side property that was once days away from being demolished is well on its way to coming back to life at a multi-tenant apartment building.

Crews have started working on the former White Brothers Livery building at 430 Jersey St., with the hopes of turning into a 14-unit apartment building that will be managed and operated by West Side Neighborhood Housing Services.

The $3.4 million project is being undertaken by developer Sam Savarino who, four years ago, stepped in and saved the circa 1851-era building when it was due to be razed. The building had been vacant and in a very dilapidated state.

Putting together a complex financing package including incentives from the City of Buffalo, New York State, the Federal Government and financing from First Niagara Bank and Five Star Bank, the project was brought to life by Savarino and the West Side Neighborhood Housing Services.

In a key step, the property was transferred from WS Properties I LLC to White's Livery Housing Development Fund Co. Inc., according to records filed in the Erie County Clerk's office.

"Everything is falling into place," said Linda Chiarenza, West Side Neighborhood Housing Services Executive Director.

Tenants must meet Federal "affordability" guidelines.

Designed by Stieglitz Snyder Architectures, much the building's original brick facade and brick work have been saved and will be incorporated into the project.

"We were able to save a lot of the brick work." Chiarenza said.

The White Brothers Livery was constructed as a stable serving residents along Richmond Avenue and other West Side neighborhoods. After going through several owners and uses, the building fell into disrepair and was due to be demolished before Savarino stepped in and offered to buy and preserve the structure.

James Fink


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