Construction Watch: Steel Rising at Delaware and Virginia

Scott Croce is developing a three story mixed-use building at the northwest corner of Virginia Street and Delaware Avenue.  Croce, a chiropractor, plans to move his office to the first floor of the building.  The building will feature a corner glass atrium with office space space fronting Delaware Avenue and nine apartments in the portion along Virginia Street.  The Frizlen Group is project architect.


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Three private garages will be accessed along Virginia Street along with two residential lobbies and one studio apartment.  Four, one-bedroom units will occupy the second floor.  The four apartments on the third floor will be two-bedroom units on two levels.  The master bedroom on the mezzanine level will be accessed via a circular staircase.  Each of the upper level apartments will have a terrace facing the interior of the site.  Nineteen non-garage parking spaces, 11 of them covered, will be provided. 
The property previously contained a residence where Mark Twain lived from 1870 to 1871. It was destroyed by fire in 1963, but the carriage house remained. The Cloister, one of Buffalo’s fabled restaurants, was opened by James D. DiLapo, Jr. in 1964 and closed in 1989. Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal occupied the building until 2001 when the publisher relocated to the Lafayette Court building on Main Street. The restaurant building was demolished one year ago.  The historic brick carriage house on the Holloway Alley side of the property will be converted into three additional apartments.
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15 comments
ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

Thanks for the link. Great read. One picture shows how lush and beautiful Delaware once was. Pity it has zero charm as it did back then. Pity about those two Stunning homes coming down for the Cloister.

ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

Thanks for the link. Great read. One picture shows how lush and beautiful Delaware once was. Pity it has zero charm as it did back then. Pity about those two Stunning homes coming down for the Cloister.

ironliege
ironliege

Relieved the Carriage House is being renovated. The original proposals had it set aside for 'future development.' I never understood why the one remaining structure at that site with a national pedigree (Twain) was being sidelined. Seemed more logical to renovate it and 'play it up' as part of the overall renewal of the site and marketing for historically-minded tourists.

ironliege
ironliege

Relieved the Carriage House is being renovated. The original proposals had it set aside for 'future development.' I never understood why the one remaining structure at that site with a national pedigree (Twain) was being sidelined. Seemed more logical to renovate it and 'play it up' as part of the overall renewal of the site and marketing for historically-minded tourists.

rockpile
rockpile

City needs more quality infill like this!

rockpile
rockpile

City needs more quality infill like this!

pampiniform
pampiniform

When I first read it, I thought it was a piece about how a frequent contributor was really, really excited about this project.

pampiniform
pampiniform

When I first read it, I thought it was a piece about how a frequent contributor was really, really excited about this project.

SadLlama
SadLlama

Curious if anyone knows what the deal is with the last row house on the right. I recall the previous restaurant owners being awful neighbors back when Chumley's was still in business. How has the city allowed that temporary chain link fence to stay up all these years?

Rand503
Rand503

Reading the headline, I thought a certain contributor to BRO was getting up from a chair.

Andrew
Andrew

I hope this inspires some love for row houses across the street. They need a little TLC.

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