A derelict strip of commercial buildings in the 800 block of Main Street in Buffalo is about to reborn as an "urban village."
First Amherst Development has kicked off its long-planned renovation of seven vacant structures, stretching from 844 to 850 Main St., at the intersection of Main and Virginia streets. Crews have begun performing asbestos abatement and interior demolition of the buildings, with reconstruction to start in late July.
While there are a few financing details to finalize on the $5 million project, it's expected the transformation to housing and retail space will be complete late next spring, said Ben Obletz, of First Amherst.
The buildings will be converted into 29 apartments, with rear parking, plus 4,600-square-feet of commercial space. Even though the site won't welcome its first tenants until next May or June, Obletz said the firm has already received inquiries from prospective residents.