Savarino Companies

Savarino latest firm to move into 500 Seneca Building

Buffalo Business First


Sam Savarino is more than just a development partner in the 500 Seneca Building.

He is now a tenant.

Savarino moved his company, Savarino Cos., into the restored former F.N. Burt Co. Seneca Street warehouse. Savarino moved from offices he maintained onPerry Street in Buffalo’s Cobblestone District joining such fellow corporate clients in the $35.67 million project as Bradford Energy, Nervve Technologies, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.’s regional legal department and TommyRotter’s Distillery.


Of the 150,000-square-feet of commercial office space, more than 75 percent is leased Savarino said.

“The response has been amazing,” he said.

A new wave of corporate tenants are also slated to move into the building in the coming weeks including Frontier Group of Cos., the office of attorney Craig Slater, Leadership Buffalo and ABC Omega.

Besides the corporate offices, the building will also house 108 market-rate apartments.

The apartments were added because of the demand for housing in and near Buffalo’s Larkin District, Savarino said.

The building has a center atrium, fitness center and dog day-care center run by Animal Outfitters.

The building was constructed for the F.N. Burt Co. in 1901. Savarino and FFZ bought the sprawling 317,000-square-foot building with the intent of renovating into a mixed-use development including office space.

As for Savarino’s former office, it has been leased to Global Spectrum, which is managing and promoting events at Canalside.

Also coming to the 95 Perry Street building is Mocha Vino, an upscale coffee and wine bar that is leasing the former Blue Sky Design space. Blue Sky is moving to the Elmwood Village.


James Fink 


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