Business First Recognizes 500 Seneca for Best Historic Preservation

500 Seneca was recognized by Buffalo Business First for Best Historic Preservation during the 2016 Business First’s “Brick by Brick” Awards. Read the full article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2016/06/13/conventus-cash-cunningham-brick-by-brick-winners.html

A 25-foot ‘Weeping Wall’ on Seneca Street

Shasti O’Leary Soudant’s proposal for a new public art project on the south face of 95 Perry St. lost by a hair in a public competition to Augustina Droze and Bruce Adams’ mural “Go!” in March. But her consolation prize wasn’t half-bad: A commission for a eye-popping piece of art to be permanently displayed in the atrium of a new $40 million residential and office development project in a former box factory on Seneca Street. The new sculpture, a 25-foot bright orange tower called “Weeping Wall,” is set to be unveiled Thursday in a ceremony also celebrating the completion of the atrium. The work was commissioned by Savarino Properties and Frontier Development. (more…)

Fund to pay for streetscape upgrades along Seneca Street corridor

The Seneca Street corridor linking Larkinville with downtown Buffalo is in line for a series of streetscape improvements aimed at sprucing up the neighborhood around one of the city’s fastest-growing districts. The improvements will range from new sidewalks and improved street lighting to tree plantings and better drainage along a several block corridor that connects Larkinville and the Hyudraulics District with downtown. (more…)
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    500 Seneca / 150,000 square feet of Class A commercial space, and 100 apartments

500 Seneca / 150,000 square feet of Class A commercial space, and 100 apartments

Five years ago, developer Samuel Savarino and partner Frontier Group of Companies bought the former F.N. Burt Co. box-making plant at 500 Seneca St. from New Era Cap Co. for $200,000. Three years later, he proposed converting the 306,000-square-foot facility into a mixture of apartments and commercial space, dubbed Hydraulic Lofts and designed by Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects. Today, that vision is nearly complete. (more…)

Larkinville’s renaissance surges into a housing boom

There’s a new vibe in Larkinville, and it’s not just offices, music or food trucks. It’s home. The growing district east of downtown is already known for its sprawling former industrial warehouses converted to trendy office space for several businesses. Now Larkinville’s rise and renewal bring something else: residents. (more…)

First Look: Hydraulics Lofts

Larkinville will soon be gaining more residents as the Hydraulic Lofts move closer to occupancy. The luxury apartments are located within the “live/work/play” mixed-use development 500 Seneca, which was developed by Savarino Companies and Frontier Group of Companies. Read the full article from Buffalo Business First here.

Savarino latest firm to move into 500 Seneca Building

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. Read the full article from Buffalo Business First here.

110 Residential Apartments added to 500 Seneca Development

Demand for residential units in and around the Larkin District has prompted a prominent local developer to add a significant number of apartments to a renovation of a historic Seneca Street warehouse. Developer Sam Savarino said he is adding 110 apartments to his 500 Seneca project, due largely to the request of many to add residential units to his building. Read the full article in Buffalo Business First.
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    Developers convert another Larkinville warehouse into a mixed-use facility

Developers convert another Larkinville warehouse into a mixed-use facility

By Jonathan D. Epstein | News Business Reporter | Buffalo News A major national insurance company and a big commercial collections firm are lining up to move into most of the commercial space at the former F.N. Burt Co. manufacturing facility, as plans take shape for redeveloping another hulking Larkinville warehouse into an active facility for both commercial offices and apartment dwellers. The development team, which includes Savarino Cos. and Frontier Group of Companies, is spending $38 million to convert the 306,000-square-foot historic structure at 500 Seneca St. into a mixed-use complex. Plans call for the building to include a blend of 150,000 square feet of Class A office space and 110 residential units, each comprising about 40 percent of the facility. The rest of the building will be made up of shared or public space, including a new European-style bistro restaurant off Seneca Street, with a large wine cellar that the developers will operate themselves. The five-story building, which also has an 18,000-square-foot sixth-floor penthouse available for commercial use, will feature a three-story atrium with a skylight, gardens and full-grown trees, as well as a private courtyard accessible from the building and Myrtle Street, an indoor “grab-’n-go” cafeteria, a spa and salon, and a bi-level fitness center. Developer Samuel Savarino said it also will include a bicycle storage and repair facility, climate-controlled tenant storage, meeting space and a pet day care. As interior construction work continues, the developers have already signed new leases with businesses ranging from a leading insurer and two insurance […]

More Apartments Plus Distillery for 500 Seneca Street

Article from Buffalo Rising Aug 16, 2014 Posted by WCPerspective In Real Estate The development team behind the repurposing of 500 seneca street have doubled the number of planned apartments and signed a distillery to occupy part of the complex. Savarino Companies and Frontier Group of Companies are redeveloping what was originally the F.N. Burt Company box manufacturing plant and later used by New Era Cap Co. into a mixed use complex.  The property is listed on the National Register of Historic places and the project is utilizing historic preservation tax credits. (more…)