The owner of a five-apartment building in Allentown wants to almost double the size of the painted red brick building, expanding it with a three-story addition at the back that will create four more units for rent.
Adam Serbert of E2I Ventures is spending over $ 450,000 to build a 2,079 square foot extension over the existing 2,704 square foot structure at 46 Allen Street, which dates back to 1873 and also has three floors.
Serbert has already undertaken a rehabilitation of the current building and received approval from the Buffalo Preservation Board earlier this year to install wood windows clad in black aluminum to replace those currently in the house.
But construction and material costs have skyrocketed, so Serbert and architect Richard Ries of Lewiston “are trying to make it profitable,” adding more apartments to achieve the necessary economies of scale, Ries said.
“There is an opportunity for a little more housing,” Ries said. “The existing building needs a bit of work to upgrade it, so if we can increase the value of the project, we can make it work and hopefully make a great contribution to Allen Street.”
He seeks approval from the Preservation Council on Thursday.
The current building features red bricks and black wood cladding along the top floor. Thus, the addition will be coated with a horizontal red wood grain vinyl siding on the first two floors – effectively matching the brick – and a black wood grain vinyl siding on the upper level to accommodate with black dormers and the gable of the original house. Aluminum clad wood windows will also be used in the addition.