A roofless shell of a building is in line for significant improvements to provide additional light industrial space in the Northland Corridor. The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation is seeking to redevelop 547 East Delevan Street, the ‘Eastern Plant Addition’ of the former Houdaille Engineering Co. complex.
Most of the Houdaille complex was demolished due to contamination except for two sections. The Eastern Plant Addition occupies approximately 41,000 square feet and is located along East Delavan Avenue, on the northeastern portion of the 12-acre property.
The Heat Transfer and Loading Dock building, located at the south end of the site, was added to the complex in 1952. This building at 612 Northland Avenue was previously renovated and temporarily housed the Albright Knox Art Gallery while its Elmwood Avenue location was renovated and expanded.
The $15 million project will add 44,000 sq.ft. of commercial and light industrial space utilizing the existing steel frame structure. Also planned is parking for guests and tenants, a solar array, a connection from Northland Avenue to East Delevan Avenue, and landscape improvements. The building is expected to be used by one or more tenants. LaBella designed the reuse plan that will be reviewed by the Planning Board on Monday.
The project is included in the third phase of development of the Northland Corridor that also includes redevelopment of the 612 Northland ‘B’ Building, a clean energy microgrid, and additional corridor parking.