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Sinclair Wins NAIOP Upstate Award

by Buffalo Rising
Fri, Oct 7th 2016 01:00 pm

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation has secured an honor of distinction for its most recent residential development project - The Sinclair. The project was awarded 2016 Best Residential-Buffalo by the NAIOP Upstate NY Chapter. Located at 465 Washington Street, The Sinclair has been transformed from its former utilitarian run of the mill state, to a real showstopper in Downtown Buffalo. The bones of the building were thankfully still intact, and in need of a developer with enough vision and backing to pull off the project. In the end, Ciminelli fulfilled all of the NAIOP Upstate NY Chapter's criteria when it came to "project concept, innovation, strengths, and features."


"Recognition of our concept, process and final product by an industry leading organization like NAIOP is a testament to our team, and a reflection of the value our current-and-future projects hold for the region," said Paul F. Ciminelli, President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate.

Today, The Sinclair boasts 45 residential units, 10,000 sq. ft. of office space, and 2,000 sq. ft. of retail space. Restaurateur Molly Ford Koessler has been eyeing that space for a ramen and sushi restaurant and anticipates to sign the deal soon.

Overall, the six-story, 78,176 sq. ft. building has contributed immensely to the rebirth of the surrounding neighborhood. The building, originally constructed in 1909 for Sinclair Rooney & Co., an established millinery, has once again found a role in this city's productivity. Its proximity to public transportation and other nearby developments, was a major factor when the Ciminelli team first considered the project. The overall look of The Sinclair was largely conceived and designed by Tom Zulawski (ZDESIGN). From there, CJS Architects, SM Hayes Construction, and First Niagara Bank all played a role in the completion of the multi-use building, which was wrapped up in June. 

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