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Project Name

Creative Structures/New Covenant Church


786 Kenmore Avenue
New York

Project Details

The project consist of the adaptive reuse of the former New Covenant Church and Fellowship Hall located in the City of Buffalo.  The site is approximately 13,000 sq. ft. with 75 existing parking spaces.

With a declining membership and building utilization, the congregation voted in August, 2012 to make the difficult decision and sell the property.  The parishioner base had eroded to less than 40 people.

The property will be transformed into a mix of residential and commercial space.  It is anticipated 14 residential units each being approximately 2,000 sq. ft. and 2,000 sq. ft. of commercial space will be constructed.

As with most adaptive reuse projects there are significant challenges to overcome in an effort to comply with New York State and local building codes:  Some of these challenges include:  utilizing a former sanctuary for apartments which adds to the cost (almost 30%) due to existing ceiling height, taller windows and a sloped floor; added engineering columns in the basement to support the load of the loft apartments; added fire protection sprinkler systems; upgrades for handicap accessibility; new energy efficient windows; extensive asbestos abatement at all related areas of the existing HVAC equipment and piping; existing asbestos tile located within the Fellowship Hall.


Status Details

$1,730,000 Lease/Leaseback Inducement Resolution approved