Hor­moz Man­souri re­vises plan for se­nior apart­ment build­ing

The Buffalo News - - BUSINESS NEWS - By Jonathan D. Ep­stein NEWS BUSI­NESS RE­PORTER

Months af­ter sub­mit­ting his ini­tial pro­posal for a mixed­in­come apart­ment and re­tail project on a for­mer Cen­tral Park bowl­ing al­ley site, de­vel­oper Hor­moz Man­souri is back with re­vi­sions – and a new re­quest for zon­ing vari­ances.

Man­souri, who owns ar­chi­tec­tural firm EI Team, wants to tear down a va­cant for­mer bowl­ing al­ley at 47 E. Amherst St., and con­struct a five-story build­ing on the prop­erty. The goal is to meet a need for af­ford­able se­nior hous­ing and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity in that area, near where LPCiminelli is con­vert­ing the for­mer Cen­tral Park plaza into a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood called High­land Park Vil­lage.

Plans by Man­souri’s firm call for first-floor com­mer­cial and store­front space to serve res­i­dents and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, with 171 one-bed­room apart­ments of 668 square feet, and seven two-bed­room units at 900 square feet on the up­per four floors, 153 park­ing spa­ces and land­scap­ing.

The U-shaped build­ing would be four floors and 44 feet in height at East Amherst, with a fifth floor and a height of 54 feet at the rear. Park­ing would be on the side at Holden and Pen­nel streets.

Man­souri is seek­ing ap­proval from the Zon­ing Board of Ap­peals for ex­cep­tions to the Green Code for height and park­ing, ar­gu­ing that the de­sign can’t be achieved any other way.

Man­souri orig­i­nally brought the project for­ward late last year, but re­vised the de­sign based on com­mu­nity com­ments and rec­om­men­da­tions from the Zon­ing Board, which de­nied two of six vari­ances in De­cem­ber. Among the changes were the re­duc­tion to four sto­ries on East Amherst and re­moval of park­ing along that street, in­stead shift­ing it else­where and shield­ing it from view us­ing land­scap­ing, ad­di­tional green space and a fence.

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