Redevelopment Opportunity: 235-245 Genesee Street

A set of buildings at the junction of the Medical Campus, Downtown and near East Side are on the market.  Hunt Commercial Real Estate is marketing 235, 241, 245 Genesee Street and 126 Ash Street with an $849,000 asking price.  They are located at the southeast corner of Michigan and Genesee Streets and are ripe for a Genesee Gateway-like makeover.

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The buildings, totaling 51,000 sq.ft., were the long-time home of Anthone Furniture.  Napa Auto Parts occupies the one-story corner building at 235 Genesee Street.  There are three historic buildings in all, including charming 241 Genesee Street reported to be constructed in 1851 and potentially eligible for historic preservation tax credits.

The site is clearly in the path of a development wave.  It is two blocks south of the Medical Campus, one block from Catholic Health’s administrative center, and is along Michigan Street Heritiage Corridor.  Hundreds of homes have been built on nearby parks in the Willert Park neighborhood and Evergreen Foundations plans to convert a nearby warehouse on Cherry Street into 50 apartment units was recently announced.

Get Connected: Dennis Dargavel, Hunt Commercial- 716.310.9573

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9 comments
laldm109
laldm109

241 Genesee is one of my all-time favorite buildings in Buffalo. Incredible potential.

Yes, this corner desperately needs a building of similar height and bulk to anchor it, preferably built out to the lot line. I could care less what business anchors it - Napa Auto Arts is as good a tenant as any, and they deserve kudos for being one of the very few national chains that has a location downtown.

grad94
grad94

241 is beautiful, just beautiful.  the italianate details make me think that it is a little newer than 1851.

Vandra
Vandra

The Napa portion is great for one reason: it fills the corner.  If that ever disappeared you can bet it would never be anything but an empty lot, much like the corner property next to ArtSpace or the corner at Main & Allen. Corners need to remain filled.  I like the idea of outdoor deck.


I wonder if Napa's lease would have it remain as tenant?

MrKotterImsoconfused
MrKotterImsoconfused

well you have to admit...the buildings anchoring NAPA are beautiful and it would be nice if there was something of similar height and period in that corner.

micahh64
micahh64

Countdown until posters start advocating the removal of Napa Auto Parts because, "we don't want any national chains whose profits aren't staying in the local area":  5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .

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keetz4
keetz4

@Vandra......Make the two taller buildings residential and then redo the Napa bldg to reflect the general style of the other two bldgs. If done well and Napa still balks, I bet you could find a retail replacement.

Davvid
Davvid

@MrKotterImsoconfused  If I owned all three, I'd look into creating a roof deck on the once storey building that could be accessed directly from both buildings. If the building were being rented out as commercial spaces/ artists studios, a roof deck could be a great place to host events or just have to have an outdoor meeting.

JoeAverage
JoeAverage

@micahh64  Can we drop the whole "Countdown until..." whatever theme? I don't care about the context you use it in, it's just a bad writing gimmick. Thanks!

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