Douglas Jemal’s Douglas Development Co. is expanding into Lackawanna and has finalized his purchase of the Curtiss Malt House located at 1100 Niagara Street. In Lackawanna, Jemal’s plan for a five-story mixed-use building on a City-owned site located at the corner of Ridge Road and Center Street was selected over two competing proposals. The $35 million project includes 160 apartments, underground parking and 10,000 sq.ft. of retail space. The parcel is the site of the former St. Barbara’s Catholic Church that was demolished in 2011.
On the West Side, Jemal closed on his purchase of the Curtiss Malt House at 1100 Niagara Street today for $1 million. 1100 Niagara LLC was the seller. Built as the malt house of the Charles G. Curtiss Malting Co., the circa-1880 building originally housed the malting drums. It is especially noteworthy for the stepped front gable and extensive corbelling. The 42,300 sq.ft. structure is on a 0.96 acre parcel overlooking the Black Rock Channel and Niagara River on a stretch of Niagara Street that has seen significant developer interest in recent years. Plans call for renovating the building and adding approximately 50 market rate apartments to the site.