Brewing projects on tap at planning board session | Buffalo


Three microbreweries, a pair Buffalo residential projects and D’Youville College’s plan to open a new West Side science center dominate the Dec. 3 Buffalo Planning Board meeting.

In one of its busiest agendas in recent memory, the board members will get their first look at three long-planned beer brewing projects as well as the other proposed developments. Collectively, the new projects represent more than $60 million in private sector investment in the city.

Among the projects:

• Flying Bison Brewery is formally presenting plans to move and expand its operations from Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood to the Larkin District.

The popular craft beer producer wants to renovate a vacant building at 840 Seneca St. into its manufacturing center. It will also include a formal tasting room.

• Resurgence Brewing Co. wants to renovate a portion of a building at 1250 Niagara St. into a new beer brewery operation and outdoor, patio tasting rooms.

• Big Ditch Brewery is working with Iskalo Development Co. to renovate a portion of a building at 337 Ellicott St. into its craft beer brewing center. The project also includes a tasting room.

• D’Youville College will be formally presenting plans to renovate the former Gateway-Longview headquarters at 605 Niagara St. into a science center and teaching laboratories.

• Legacy LaSalle LLC has submitted plans for the first phase of a massive residential development it has proposed just off of LaSalle Avenue in Buffalo’s University District. The initial phase focuses on the construction of a 250-unit, market-rate apartment complex.

Future phases include townhouses and single family homes.

James Fink covers real estate, commercial development and government

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