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NAIOP Upstate New York honors commercial real estate developers

NAIOP Upstate New York (The Commercial Real Estate Association) handed out its prestigious 2017 Annual Awards in Commercial Real Estate, during ceremonies Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center in Buffalo.

“The awards showcase the finest development projects throughout Upstate New York,” said Bob Richardson, NAIOP Upstate New York president.  “These developers are making a significant impact in their communities as they creatively develop properties that are touching every facet of their locales.”

Projects were completed between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Categories include Mixed Use, Adaptive ReUse, Industrial, Office, Medical, Urban Multi-Family, Retail, and Residential.

The honorees:

Carlson Park Business Center                                
Adaptive ReUse Award of Excellence                    

Carlson Park Business Center is an 800,000-square foot industrial building on approximately 39 acres of land on the East side of Rochester.  The building was developed by Stromberg-Carlson beginning in the early 1920s. Today, tenants Radio Social and Comedy at the Carlson are booming. Weekdays it is filled with children being dropped off for dance class, employees for the offices and manufacturing, or the 60 plus entrepreneurs that now call Carlson Cowork “home.” Carlson has been transformed from being a single-use building in the 1920s and then housing a couple of large tenants in the past to now housing numerous smaller tenants ranging from 2,750 square feet to about 200,000-square feet and providing more financial stability. 

The Metropolitan                        
Mixed Use Exceptional Recognition                      

Gallina Development’s The Metropolitan in Downtown Rochester has undergone major renovations. The 26?story tower has become a mixed?use project consisting of commercial, residential and retail.  Completed in 1973 as Lincoln First Tower and later rebranded as Chase Tower, The Metropolitan is a true piece of Rochester history. Standing as one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, the building is distinguished by its “white fins” and outward curves at the base.

Charlotte Square Apartments     
Urban Multi-Family Award of Excellence 

Home Leasing LLC developed this luxurious, modern design in the heart of the East End district. 72 spacious apartments have private terraces or balconies. Amenities include two outdoor gathering spaces with fire pits, grilling spaces and a television. Indoors, the community room has a kitchen, media center and fireplace.

Bevier Memorial                          
Historic Restoration Award of Excellence            

The Bevier Building at 42 South Washington St., is the latest in the transformation of historic buildings in downtown Rochester into loft apartments. Designed by Claude Bragdon and initially completed in 1910, the building was home to Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute's School of Art and Design, the predecessor to Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester developer Patrick Dutton worked with Franklin Properties of Syracuse to transform the once-vacant building, which is located near the Rochester City School District building downtown.

The developers embarked on a $4 million facelift, creating a mixed-used development that now includes 15 residential apartments and 5,000-square-foot of commercial space. Some of the amenities at the Bevier Building include off street parking for commercial and residential tenants, bike storage and a community garden.

St. John Fisher Chapel                  
Educational Award of Excellence  

Labella Associates work on The Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great is the realization of the campus vision to provide a chapel that exemplifies the cornerstone of the St. John Fisher mission. The 8,000-square foot program provides a flexible worship and gathering space while blending with the Campus vernacular and iconic context.  

del Lago Casino                              
Place Making Award of Distinction  

The Wilmot Family and its Rochester-based leading commercial real estate development and management company, Wilmorite Inc., had been trying to open a casino in New York state for more than 15 years. del Lago Resort & Casino is a partnership between Wilmorite Inc. and Peninsula Pacific. Creating 1,300 permanent jobs has made del Lago the largest employer in Seneca County.

301 Ohio                                         
Mixed Use Award of Distinction   

Ellicott Development’s five?story, 50,000 square feet mixed?use building with retail, office spaces and 21 one and two?bedroom apartment units providing vitality that will draw people to the long?neglected river’s edge. The building’s massing is designed to complement the historic concrete structures across the Buffalo River.

Buffalo River Landing                
Urban Multi-Family Award of Excellence   

Savarino Companies developed the five?story, 93,000 square foot building features secured ground floor parking for 67 vehicles, and 64 one bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units. The building exterior references the rich heritage of the site with unique textures and colors that evoke the industrial character of the surrounding context.

Sodexo Regional Service Center 
Office Award of Excellence    

Uniland Development Company, the leading developer of commercial real estate in the Buffalo?Rochester corridor, constructed a 109,000?square?foot regional service center for Sodexo, Inc., to provide consolidated operations at its Airborne Business Park in Cheektowaga, and retain 511 jobs.

57 Canal                                          
Historic Restoration Award of Excellence    

Iskalo Development’s fully-restored building at 57 Canal Street represents one of the jewels in the crown that is the Canal Street historic district in the City of Lockport. The project is a result of a successful public-private partnership between Iskalo Development and the City of Lockport, and is representative of the rich history of the City and the possibilities that exist. 

Reikart House                                
Hospitality Exceptional Recognition    

Iskalo Development’s boutique hotel features 92 elegant guest rooms stylized in classic themes, with a touch of whimsy. Designed to feel more like bedrooms than hotel rooms, guest rooms at Reikart House feature custom-designed, one-of-a-kind finishes and furnishings.