Erie Freight House takes another step forward

The developer of the proposed Erie Freight House project remains hopeful that his $18 million project can begin within the next few months.

Sam Savarino, a partner in 441 Ohio Street LLC, says that landing unanimous approval on Tuesday from the Buffalo Planning Board was a critical step in bringing the project to fruition.

441 Ohio Street LLC is the development group that wants to construct the apartment complex that will overlook the Buffalo River.

“It’s pretty obvious that everyone liked the project,” Savarino said. “To me, that’s very encouraging, especially (that) it was unanimously approved.”

Next up — a review by the Buffalo Preservation Board, which is necessary given the property’s historic stature. Savarino is trying to get the project on the board’s July 11 agenda.

After that, assuming the Preservation Board signs off on the project, all that will be needed before construction can commence is a standard building permit issued by the City of Buffalo.

Plans call for 441 Ohio Street LLC to preserve some portions of the crumbling circa-1868 warehouse and incorporate what’s salvageable into a five-story, 125,000-square-foot building that will be anchored by 78 apartments.

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