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.
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.