CCS Construction is completing the redevelopment and construction of the former Buffalo Covenant Church and Fellowship Hall into 12 market-rate luxury apartments and office space at 786 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo.
The 13,000-square-foot building becomes KLP Commons — named for Karen Lynn Pawlik, sister of developer David Pawlik.
“She passed away a few years ago from cancer, and we thought it would be a fitting tribute to her to name a church conversion project in her behalf,” said David Pawlik.
Teamed with Russell D. Kyte, they bring more than 50 years of housing and construction industry experience to CCS Construction. Earlier this year, for example, they renovated of the vacant Fairfield Library into five market-rate apartments and office space now known as Fairfield Commons.
Located at the corner of Fairfield and Amherst streets in the Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood, that historic and distinctive building was built in 1897 for the Parkside Unitarian Church and designed by Buffalo architect William Sydney Wicks, a partner of E. B. Green.
CCS also renovated the North Park United Presbyterian Church at 700 Parkside Ave. in 2010 — creating 12 market-rate apartments and commercial space called the Lofts at Warwick.
“With KLP Commons, as with our previous projects, we have found it important to maintain the original character and history of the building,” continued Pawlik.
“For example, we have refinished the original hardwood flooring, retained the architectural moulding and incorporated the choir loft into two of the apartments,” Kyte said. The main structure was built in 1949, and the developers have been able to retain most of the brick exterior and window openings.
On the other hand, modern elements have been added to enhance the building. Energy-efficient windows have replaced older glass — creating bright living spaces.
“Tall ceilings also have been preserved to complement the open floor plan of each unique apartment,” added Brian Burke of E.F. Burke Realty Co., the rental and property management company for KLP Commons.
There are nine, one-bedroom apartments and three, two-bedroom units ranging in size from 781 square feet to 1,484 square feet with rents ranging from $695 to $1,325.
Units have individual heating and cooling, energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen, granite countertops, and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. On-site laundry facilities are located in the basement.
There are self-locking interior entrances with a security system and dusk-to-dawn timed lighting at the entrance and in the 75-car off-street parking area, Burke said.
“When we select a project, we first study and understand the neighborhood,” Pawlik said. KLP Commons is between Starin and Colvin avenues — close to grocery stores and restaurants.
It is also within close proximity to the University of Buffalo and is on the Metro bus line. Down the street and around the corner, you’ll find the Buffalo Zoo, Delaware Park and the charm of the Village of Kenmore,” he concluded.
For more information and an appointment, call Burke Realty at 675-3000.