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Old March 30th, 2016, 08:15 PM   #1
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BUFFALO | Queen City Landing | ~100m | 324ft | 23 fl | Pro

Would be Buffalo's first high rise since the 1970s.








Local thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1907282

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Old March 30th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #2
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Whereabouts in the city is this planned? My reaction was definitely along the lines of "what? Buffalo??", but it's good news.

Just a technicality, but if it's 99m, it goes under the urban development subforum, not in highrises. So close, though, and certainly something to celebrate.
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Old March 30th, 2016, 08:54 PM   #3
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Why does it say 300-649ft? Either way it's close though (this thread set the precedent http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...ighlight=324ft)

Also, it's planned for the Outer Harbor.

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Old April 4th, 2016, 11:22 PM   #4
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The project will be discussed in the City Planning board meeting momentarily. I will bring you the information when I have it.
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Old April 4th, 2016, 11:29 PM   #5
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Why does it say 300-649ft? Either way it's close though (this thread set the precedent http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...ighlight=324ft)

Also, it's planned for the Outer Harbor.
Because of the disparity between 300 feet and 100 meters (330 feet), I'll just signify by using ~100m in the title.
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Old April 5th, 2016, 12:12 AM   #6
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James Fink ‏@BfloBizJimFink 2m2 minutes ago
Architect Tim Rider discusses 23 story waterfront tower with Buff Plan Bd


https://twitter.com/BfloBizJimFink/s...96877108297728
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Old April 5th, 2016, 12:26 AM   #7
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There's always a NIMBY somewhere

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Michael Wooten ‏@wgrzMichael 7m7 minutes ago Buffalo, NY
A resident now speaking out AGAINST proposed #OuterHarbor project. @WGRZ


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Michael Wooten ‏@wgrzMichael 5m5 minutes ago Buffalo, NY
Another opponent of 23-story apartment building proposal says it's "out of character" for the waterfront @WGRZ
Thing is, there are no homes on the Outer Harbor, so why do they have a stake in it?

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Old April 5th, 2016, 04:12 AM   #8
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Planning Board tables 23-story tower along Outer Harbor

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The city's Planning Board tabled plans for a proposed 23-story apartment complex to be located on Buffalo's Outer Harbor in order to get legal opinions and give the public more time to weigh in.

Developer Gerry Buchheit wants to build the near 200-unit apartment tower at the site of the old Freezer Queen warehouse along Fuhrmann Boulevard between the Small Board Harbor and the new state park. It's called Queen City Landing.

Buchheit's former plans were to keep the 271,000 square foot building and renovate it into apartments. However, Buchheit says his engineers discovered it would be impossible to save the empty building, so demolition would be necessary.

He told reporters after the Planning Board meeting Monday that the old plans simply weren't feasible due to problems with standing water. He's now moving forward with the new plans, which would transform the waterfront in a much more dramatic way.

"It's going to be a great place to visit and a great place to live," Buchheit said.

The plans include a large parking garage, two restaurants -- one with an indoor/outdoor bar, tennis courts and an infinity pool that would appear to disappear into the lake.

"We've looked in New York City and a couple of other places and wanted to bring those great amenities to Buffalo," Buchheit said.
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holy buffalo! new highrise development in buffalo?
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Old April 5th, 2016, 07:29 AM   #10
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Old April 15th, 2016, 08:03 AM   #12
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Not a huge shock, but somewhat of a surprise. Obstructionists at work people. This is how Buffalo, New York operates.

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BUFFALO, NY - A plan to build an apartment tower on Buffalo's Outer Harbor hit a snag Thursday night.

The plan would require demolition of the old Freezer Queen plant and preservationist are now saying the building could be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The Freezer Queen plant was built in 1927. The concrete structure was used to manufacture processed food, and later to store the frozen dinners in a gigantic warehouse.

Developer Gerry Buchheit and his team are asking to demolish the structure that's on privately owned land, to make way for a 23-story apartment tower, something the Buffalo Preservation Board must review. The board is also looking for more information about the architect, S. Scott Joy, who’s known for significant industrial buildings in Chicago.

According to Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the building is eligible for the Register of Historic Places based on the architecture of the building and the industrial heritage of Buffalo.

Project Spokesperon Phil Pantano says there are a number of reasons why reuse of the existing Freezer Queen is financially unfeasible. The first floor of the Freezer Queen is below the floodplain, making it difficult to turn into livable space. Also, the tower would allow 198 apartments, more than previous proposals made over the years which did involve rehabilitating the building.

The developer and his team will have to come back to the preservation board in two weeks with more background information on the Freezer Queen building. From there, the board will make a recommendation on whether a demolition permit should be issued.
http://www.wgrz.com/news/plans-to-de...snag/133933078

It's a frikkin' rotting warehouse! There are others like this, intact, in this city that should be saved. Not this.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 08:46 AM   #13
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Another day, another litany of obstructionists

Plan for apartment tower on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor meets resistance

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A parade of preservation, environmental and community critics of a proposed 23-story waterfront apartment tower spent more than 90 minutes Monday evening laying out a host of objections to the $60 million project, as they sought to win over Buffalo Planning Board members to their arguments.

Orchard Park businessman Gerald A. Buchheit is seeking to tear down the six-story Freezer Queen building on the Outer Harbor and replace it with the new residential complex that he has called Apartments @ Queen City Landing. The project at 975 Fuhrmann Blvd. would include 198 one- and two-bedroom apartments, two restaurants, a bar, a pool, rooftop tennis courts and a three-level parking ramp.

But opponents want to derail the project, which they denounced as inappropriate for the site. From the impact on migratory birds, to the perceived historic value of the existing building, to traffic, noise and environmental harm, they cited a litany of reasons why the application should be denied.

“This proposal is an affront to the entire city,” said James H. Carr, a retired urban planner and Outer Harbor advocate, who served on the Urban Waterfront Advisory Committee from 1975 to 1980. “This 23-story development, if constructed, will be a stick in the eye for the city.”

One even took to derisively citing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose prominent visit to town was simultaneously taking place a few blocks away from City Hall at First Niagara Center. “In a day when people are lining up for hours to see a particular Republican candidate, this eyesore is less appropriate for this Outer Harbor than Mr. Trump sitting behind the Oval Office desk,” said Arthur J. Giacalone, a retired environmental lawyer who lives in South Buffalo.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...tance-20160418
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Old May 16th, 2016, 10:58 PM   #14
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Back on the table today. Will bring updates when they come.
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Maybe the planning board is reading this thread...

Obstacles mounting for Buchheit over Freezer Queen site re-use

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Gerald Buchheit’s $60 million proposal for Apartments @ Queen City Landing – a 23-story apartment tower on the Outer Harbor – encountered a new source of potential trouble Monday, as even members of the Buffalo Planning Board began expressing their own doubts about the scale, location and appropriateness of the ambitious project.

After an hourlong public hearing in which Buchheit’s attorney sought to beat back largely environmental and preservation objections from a handful of opponents, board members voiced concerns that they still lacked enough information or guidance to make the best decision.

Besides pending environmental and coastal reviews, acting Board Chairwoman Cynthia Schwartz noted in particular that there’s no final public plan for overall development on the Outer Harbor. Also, the city’s new Green Code isn’t in effect yet. “We’re just caught at an interesting nexus of planning for the future on the part of the city, and we’re not quite ready for prime time,” she said. “We need to have some additional input that is perhaps a broader cross-section of those who care about the waterfront.”

The Green Code, for example, would have a maximum height for the waterfront, which Schwartz cited as one of her concerns about Buchheit’s project. The tallest nearby grain elevator is about 100 feet high, where Buchheit’s tower would be 328 feet. She also criticized the plan for a parking facility on the site. “The idea of a three-story parking ramp at the water’s edge with a second one proposed is a terrible precedent,” she said.

Board member Martha Lamparelli also said “the height does concern me,” but noted that the project seems to have widespread support in social media, in comments on various websites, and in the broader community. “It’s uncharted territory right now,” she said. “There is a lot of positive to this.”
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Project almost fully approved; a high rise for Buffalo!

Planning Board approves proposal for apartment tower on waterfront

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After weeks of public hearings and debate, the Buffalo Planning Board late Tuesday evening gave the green light to a proposal to build a 23-story apartment tower on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

The sudden surprise 5-1 vote, coming at the very end of a marathon four-hour meeting with over two dozen projects, marks a major step forward for Gerald Buchheit’s $60 million Apartments @ Queen City Landing plan.

The project still needs a final approval on height from the Common Council on June 7.

“I’m very pleasantly surprised that the city has confidence in our project and can move ahead,” Buchheit said after the vote. “It’s moving in the right direction.”

If the Council puts its own stamp on the project next week, Buchheit said he hopes to put “a shovel in the ground as soon as possible,” and still aims to finish construction by the end of 2017.

The Orchard Park businessman, who has owned the 20-acre peninsula at 975 Fuhrmann Boulevard for over eight years, wants to demolish the vacant six-story former Freezer Queen building and put up a 274,000-square-foot glass and metal tower, with 197 one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with a balcony. The building would feature two restaurants and a bar, an “infinity” pool, and a fitness and wellness center, as well as boat docks and walking trails. Plans also include a three-story ramp for 300 cars, with rooftop tennis courts, a patio, and other recreational space.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...front-20160531
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It's On!!!! Groundbreaking next week

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Buffalo lawmakers gave the green light Tuesday to a 23-story apartment tower on prime waterfront land.

By a vote of 6-3, the Common Council approved the proposed Queen City Landing. Council members David A. Franczyk, David A. Rivera and Joseph Golombek Jr. cast dissenting votes.

The project was approved by the Buffalo Planning Board by a 5-1 vote earlier this month. But because the property is located in the Buffalo Coastal Special Review District, a restricted-use permit is required from the Buffalo Common Council.

The completed project would bring more than 200 residents to a 20-acre peninsula, and even more visitors to its restaurants, docks and walking trails.

“I’m excited by it,” said developer Gerald Buchheit, the Orchard Park businessman who proposed the Apartments @ Queen City Landing project. “We’re encouraged to be able to open it to the public and enjoy the waterfront.”

Buchheit’s plans call for 197 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in a 370,000-square-foot glass and metal tower complex facing the lake, along with two restaurants, a fitness and wellness facility, a three-story parking ramp, and various recreational features like tennis courts, walking paths and docks. The new complex will replace the six-story Freezer Queen cold-storage building, which has sat vacant for years and will now be demolished.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...tower-20160621


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First they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they fight you, then you win.

Lawsuit challenges Freezer Queen project

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BUFFALO, NY-- A small group of Buffalo residents have filed a petition to challenge the Queen City Landing Project.

The $40 million dollar project to build a tower on Buffalo's waterfront was given the final green light earlier this month by city officials. Plans call for transforming former Freezer Queen building into a 23-story tower, with up to 200 apartments on the shore of Lake Erie.

The petitioners say in their lawsuit, the City of Buffalo Planning Board and Common Council, "engaged in a concerted effort to fast-track the approval process for a 23-story, 370,000-square-foot mixed-use development project proposed for construction on the City of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, attempting to circumvent laws and policies meant to ensure thoughtful and appropriate planning decisions and preserve our environment."
http://www.wgrz.com/mb/money/busines...ject/259456158
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