The Buffalo News

Legacy Developmen­t seeks fifth building for Axis 360 student housing

Plan adds 49 units to Buffalo complex

- By Jonathan D. Epstein

When Frank Chinnici proposed his University Place @ LaSalle student housing project more than eight years ago, the developer planned to put up six buildings east of Main Street.

The complex was aimed at University at Buffalo students who wanted to live off-campus, although its location is also convenient for students at Canisius College and even SUNY Buffalo State. And it offered high-end living with resort-style amenities, like a gym, hot tub, game room, study rooms and community events, as well as a shuttle bus to UB and local businesses.

Chinnici’s Legacy Developmen­t eventually completed the first two phases, putting up four three- and four-story buildings at 89 Lasalle Ave., totaling 249 units and 533 bedrooms. About 90% of tenants are UB students.

Now Chinnici is ready for the next phase of the project – now called Axis 360.

Legacy wants to construct the fifth building in the complex, adding another 49 units and 61 bedrooms, for a total of 298 and 594, respective­ly. It would include 37 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments.

The site plan was approved in 2013 and amended in 2016, prior to adoption of the Green Code, so the firm is coming back to the city for approval of a new site plan as required. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the project

on Monday .

Under plans by C&S Engineers, the 39,987-square-foot, four-story building at 49 Lasalle would be constructe­d on a parking area at the southweste­rn tip of the 10.84-acre triangular site, which sits along the

south side of Lasalle .

The sixth and final building in the project is still planned for the future, with 48 units over three floors, but will come up separately. Upon completion, the entire complex would offer 346 apartments.

Apartments at the Lyceum

The board also will hold a hearing on an $18 million project by Community Services for Every1 and Rochester-based Edgemere Developmen­t to renovate the former East Side school and community center building of St. John Kanty Roman Catholic Church into the Apartments at the Lyceum.

Located on 1.45 acres at 97-101 Swinburne St., in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborho­od, the project for low-income residents would include 26 one-bedroom and 11 twobedroom apartments, with 12 units reserved as permanent supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence. Four units would be set aside for those with mobility impairment­s, while two would be reserved for people with hearing

or visual impairment­s. Other hearings

The Planning Board will also hold public hearings and review site plans for:

• A $26.8 million adaptivere­use plan by SAA-EVI’s David Alexander and Ernst Valery to convert the 127,000-squarefoot former Buffalo Public School 44 at 1349 Broadway into 65 one-, two- and threebedro­om apartments, targeted at households earning 60% or less of the area median income.

• A subdivisio­n of Delaware Consumer Square from nine separate parcels into five, to make it easier for owner DLC Management Corp. of Tarrytown, N.Y., to finance or potentiall­y sell any of them. One of the properties, a 1.8-acre parcel at 50 Hinman, is now targeted for a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

 ?? Derek Gee/Buffalo News ?? Legacy Developmen­t has completed four buildings at its Axis 360 complex, which is 90% occupied by UB students.
Derek Gee/Buffalo News Legacy Developmen­t has completed four buildings at its Axis 360 complex, which is 90% occupied by UB students.

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