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The E&B Holmes Machinery Company Building
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Project Synopsis

The Cooperage project is the rehabilitation of the historic former E&B Holmes Machinery Co. barrel-making machinery complex on the Buffalo River waterfront in downtown Buffalo, NY into genuine residential lofts and commercial spaces.

The Preservation League of New York State recently disbursed a loan from its Endangered Properties Intervention Program (EPIP) to a Buffalo firm which will protect and restore the historic E&B Holmes Machinery Co. complex on the Buffalo River waterfront. The loan will help support stabilization and pre-development work on this 19th century industrial complex by Newark Niagara LLC. They will use the $200,000 loan from the Preservation League as bridge funding to complete selected demolition of the building’s collapsed portions, replace the roof, and secure window openings to prevent further water infiltration.

The Cooperage project is the rehabilitation of the historic former E & B Holmes Machinery Co. barrel-making machinery complex on the Buffalo River waterfront in downtown Buffalo, NY into genuine residential lofts and commercial spaces. The location is on Buffalo's downtown waterfront that is rapidly transforming from industrial to recreation, hospitality, and culture uses. The project consists of the adaptive use of the 43,000 sf, 3-building, former factory property on a 29,000 sf site into a mixed use development of 22 market rate lofts averaging 1,200 sf and 3 commercial spaces with 25 parking spaces.

It is a model of new urban waterfront living in downtown Buffalo with a pioneering LEED-style example of "green" urban recycling and with low operating costs. It will also help promote waterfront access, revitalize its waterfront neighborhood, and build economic strength consistent with the Mayor's Waterfront Corridor Initiative.

Further, The Cooperage fulfills the principles, priorities, and policies of the Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo, especially as private sector development that provides and promotes activity downtown for living, working and playing. Finally, The Cooperage project enjoys the support of elected officials and neighbors.

Owner and Architect Newark Niagara LLC along with Clinton Brown Company Architecture are heading up The Cooperage RiverLofts project for downtown- and waterfront-oriented residents who want genuine and generous loft living in a convenient urban, riverfront location next to Father Conway Park. There is nothing else like The Cooperage on the market.

The Cooperage will also house new neighborhood jobs at creative companies seeking a unique setting in an accessible location within walking distance of downtown and near the I-90 Thruway and Route 5. The location is on Buffalo's downtown waterfront that is rapidly transforming from industrial to recreation, hospitality, and cultural uses.

The Cooperage in the News

"Planning Board backs River Lofts project"
Sharon Linstedt, The Buffalo News
August 20, 2010

"The Cooperage: From Dream to Reality"
QueensEyes, Buffalo Rising Online
February 27, 2009

Client
Newark Niagara Falls, LLC
Location
Old First Ward
Buffalo, NY

The Cooperage Lofts Website

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