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Apartments are for those earning 80% to 90% of the area’s median income, while the real estate business in Frizlen can take up office space.

You won’t find Ottawa Street on any Buffalo road map, but the paper pavement could derail plans to transform the former Louisiana Street barcalounger factory into offices and apartments. Developers Karl Frizlen and his partner Jason Yots of Common Bond Real Estate want to renovate the old 175,000 square foot Barcalo Manufacturing Co. building located at 175-245 Louisiana St. in 119 at market rate

“With all of our projects, our aim is to integrate into the neighborhoods we enter, while providing quality housing opportunities to the broadest segment of tenants,” Frizlen said in a press release on Friday. “We have had success with this formula in the past and we believe it will work well in this area.”

The building will also include space for tenants’ amenities such as a fitness center, rooftop terrace with views of nearby grain elevators, bicycle and kayak storage, dog wash station, cafeteria, laundry room, and recreation seating in the areas common areas, as well as 138 indoor parking spaces for residents.

In addition, the predominantly electric building will include solar panels, heat pumps and high efficiency appliances to reduce carbon emissions and utility bills.






Barcalo HQ 1968

The abandoned Barcalo factory on Louisiana Street in 1968, shortly after the company moved south to produce Barcalounger lounge chairs in North Carolina.


The Barcalo factory complex consists of eight buildings originally constructed between 1896 and 1917. In addition to recliners, the company manufactured metal furniture, mattresses, box springs, hand tools and parts of cars and planes, before ceasing its activities in 1963. has been in the Sansone family for several decades.

Plans call for keeping many of the original features of the 175,000 square foot building in place, while using the high ceilings and leaving the brick and wood frame construction exposed to tenants.



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