Kolk­meyer plans apart­ments, ho­tel for Goodyear Man­sion

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jonathan D. Ep­stein

When de­vel­oper Paul Kolk­meyer looks at the for­mer Or­a­cle Char­ter School in Buf­falo, he sees a bou­tique ho­tel and apart­ments.

Kolk­meyer, head of Priam Devel­op­ment, wants to con­vert the Goodyear House at 888 Delaware Ave. – home of the for­mer high school – into a com­bi­na­tion of ho­tel and apart­ments, with 29 guest rooms and 20 mar­ket-rate units.

Lo­cated near the Delaware and Bryant Street, that would put the project next to the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Buf­falo and near the for­mer Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Buf­falo cam­pus that Nick Si­na­tra and Wil­liam Pal­adino are rede­vel­op­ing into Elm­wood Cross­ing.

Plans for the 64,538-square-foot build­ing call for the ho­tel units to be lo­cated mostly in the for­mer man­sion, while apart­ments would be in the class­room and gym­na­sium wing, along with the sec­ond floor of the his­toric car­riage house. The bou­tique ho­tel will likely be called the Goodyear Inn, Kolk­meyer said.

The site cur­rently has 43 park­ing spa­ces, which Kolk­meyer said would likely be re­served for the apart­ment res­i­dents. For ho­tel guests, he’s work­ing to se­cure off-site valet park­ing nearby, so that guests would be able to drop off cars at the ho­tel en­trance and re­quest them when needed.

“That’s the same thing that hap­pens at a lot of the ho­tels down­town here now,” he said.

The build­ing would also in­clude a small fit­ness cen­ter and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties for res­i­dents, while the ho­tel guests will have a small kitchen and serv­ing area for con­ti­nen­tal break­fasts, light lunch and cock­tails, but not a full restau­rant.

The apart­ments, which will range from 500 to 1,100 square feet, will be aimed at “mid­dle-mar­ket” ren­ters, so they won’t be “ex­or­bi­tantly priced,” he added. He com­pared them to the 23 mi­cro-units he just com­pleted at Cam­pion Hall, near Cani­sius Col­lege, which av­er­age about 450 square feet and are fully oc­cu­pied.

The $11.4 mil­lion project is com­pli­cated by the his­toric na­ture of the build­ing and by Buf­falo’s Green Code, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from project ar­chi­tect Matthew W. Meier of HHL Ar­chi­tects, who wrote that “com­pli­ance with var­i­ous items” will be chal­leng­ing since the fi­nanc­ing in­cludes his­toric tax cred­its.

“Most of the ex­ist­ing site will re­main as is,” Meier wrote, ex­cept that the front load­ing dock will be re­moved and its park­ing area turned into a lawn. A drive­way and con­crete side­walk will be added, along with a hand­i­capped-ac­ces­si­ble en­trance.

The project will come to the Plan­ning Board on Mon­day for a pub­lic hear­ing and con­sid­er­a­tion of a spe­cial-use per­mit, which must also go to the Com­mon Coun­cil.

Kolk­meyer said he hasn’t yet closed on the prop­erty, which is still owned by the now-de­funct char­ter school, but he’s also con­tem­plat­ing a tax-free ex­change by sell­ing an­other build­ing.

He said he hopes to com­plete the trans­ac­tion in June, but still ex­pects sev­eral months of de­lays while wait­ing for ap­provals from the State His­toric Preser­va­tion Of­fice and Na­tional Park Ser­vice to qual­ify for his­toric tax cred­its.

His goal is to start work by the fourth quar­ter, fol­lowed by about 12 months of con­struc­tion be­fore open­ing by the end of 2020.

Robert Kirkham/Buf­falo News

The for­mer Charles Goodyear Man­sion at 888 Delaware Ave., most re­cently the Or­a­cle Char­ter High School, may be­come a ho­tel and apart­ment com­plex.

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