BUFFALO, N.Y. - An iconic building in downtown Buffalo is set to officially open its doors following a one-year, $42 million dollar restoration project.
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Developer Rocco Termini will mark the grand opening Tuesday evening with 2,000 guests at a black tie event.
The 110-year-old building is home to four banquet rooms, four restaurants, apartments, several retail shops, and a 34-room boutique hotel.
Termini said the most difficult part of the project was finding people who could duplicate the craftsmanship that was originally found in the French Renaissance-style building.
The easy part was finding people to rent the apartments and book the banquet spaces.
"Out of 115 apartments, we had 108 rented before we opened. We have 200 events booked here. We had 10 additional retail tenants that wanted to locate here, but we couldn't," said Termini.
Termini wants to transform Lafayette Square into the center of activity downtown. He said the key is to bring in more retail and living space.
His next project will be the old AM&A's right around the corner from the Hotel Lafayette.