HES Properties III, LLC is proposing a three-story mixed-use building on two vacant lots at 382 and 386 Grant Street. This will be the development team’s third project along the Grant Street Corridor, joining the complete gut renovation of the former Martino Appliance Store at 368 Grant Street, followed by the award-winning new building at 363 Grant Street. The new building proposed at 386 Grant continues his HES commitment to filling a gap in the West Side landscape.
The new 6,000-square-foot timber-framed building at 386 Grant will include one commercial space of approximately 700 square feet. There is one accessible apartment unit on the ground floor of approximately 800 square feet. There are four additional residential apartments on the second and third floors, each measuring approximately 950 square feet. The entire building is expected to have an area of approximately 2,000 square feet and a height of approximately 40 feet to match neighboring buildings. Studio T3 is the project architect.
Continuing HES’ extensive commitment to green and eco-friendly development, 386 Grant features full geothermal heating and cooling, extensive solar panels and two bike racks. 386 Grant will also feature six new parking spaces with three EV car chargers. Site design also calls for new street trees, landscape plantings, new sidewalks, and new site lighting. 386 Grant’s design features masonry brick, composite wood panels, durable plank siding, stone thresholds, anodized aluminum frame storefront windows, and extensive apartment windows.
The launch of the 386 Grant represents the culmination of more than four years of constant design, planning and coordination work by HES. Meanwhile, HES needed to find creative ways to overcome COVID-19, supply chain challenges, rising interest rates, rising construction costs, and loss of Section 485a tax relief.
HES member Christopher Siano said, “There have been so many struggles to get here, but Matt and I were determined to bring this beautiful new building to life, no matter what the odds.” “There have certainly been a lot of adjustments and reorientations that have had to be made since we first discussed doing this project, but in the end Matt and I put all of our talents in a position where we can continue to improve Buffalo’s West Side and continue to develop these vacant lots.”
HES will hold a briefing at 6:00 pm at the Stephanie Adams Law Office (Grant 363) to solicit neighborhood input. The project required two changes, one of which was a 2’6″ setback on the first floor and the commercial store entrance not being located on the front facade. The city plans to start considering the project later this month.