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Bevilacqua Development pursues mixed-use projects in Clarence

A site plan layout for Bevilacqua Development’s proposed mixed-use project on Transit Road north of Miles Road in Clarence.

Clarence Planning Board

A pair of suburban developers are proposing three projects in Clarence that would bring townhouses, single-family homes, apartments and commercial space to Transit Road and Main Street.

In the biggest of the three, Bevilacqua Development is planning a mixed-use project for part of the 36-acre property acquired three years ago for $760,000 at 6625 Transit, just north of Miles Road.

Bevilacqua is planning to construct 146 residences on the property, in 31 separate structures and a blend of configurations. The project has been in development for more than two years, and will have components that are similar to Bevilacqua’s Lymstone Lofts in Williamsville and University Place in Amherst.

According to documents submitted by attorney Sean Hopkins and engineering plans by
Carmina Wood Morris PC, the project includes:

  • Two three-story buildings, each with 25,000 square feet of first-floor commercial space, along with 25 upper floor apartments and eight upper-floor townhomes
  • Three three-story townhouse buildings, with 28 units and first-floor garages
  • Nine two-story multifamily apartment buildings with four units in each, for a total of 36 units
  • A commercial building for a restaurant with a drive-thru facility
  • A subdivision with 16 lots for detached homes, on the eastern portion of the project site, with about 8.4 acres dedicated to permanent open space.

“The project sponsor is proposing mixed-use buildings with high-quality architecture along the Transit Road frontage that will avoid the appearance of strip plaza developments that are prevalent along Transit Road,” Hopkins wrote, citing the town’s comprehensive plan and a “preferred development survey” about visually appealing buildings.

The homes will occupy the eastern portion of the site, about 16.8 acres, while the other developments will be focused on the westernmost 19.1 acres, including along Transit. A small portion of the property is considered wetlands, subject to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction, while the property also contained a historic homestead that was not eligible for state listing.

An earlier version of the project from two years ago envisioned five four-story mixed-use buildings with restaurants, commercial space and apartments; two standalone 28-seat restaurants; a bank branch, four four-unit townhouse buildings, nine four-unit apartment buildings and 16 four-bedroom houses. 

Besides town Planning Board approval, the project also needs a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals for the third floor of the multifamily buildings, as well as a special-use permit from the Town Board.

If approved, the project would be undertaken in three phases for the mixed-use buildings, the subdivision and the multifamily apartments, starting in November and finishing by December 2023.

Bevilacqua Development builds out a diverse portfolio all up and down Transit Road

Jonathan Bevilacqua knows his real estate world revolves largely along Transit Road in Amherst and Clarence.

“It is nice to have that presence along Transit Road,” said Bevilacqua, Bevilacqua Development L.P. managing partner.

Bevilacqua estimates that 90% of the 600,000 square feet in his company portfolio is in Amherst and Clarence, much of it centered around Transit Road. In a stretch starting near Klein Road and heading north towards North French Road, Bevilacqua may be the most prominent commercial developer. The company does have properties in Orchard Park, Dunkirk and Lockport.

And his portfolio is about to get larger.

Bevilacqua is negotiating to purchase a CVS Pharmacy retail property at Transit and Casey roads in Amherst for $3 million and then expand the property for a 12,000-square-foot retail center and a 4,500-square-foot retail center. In all, Bevilacqua may spend $5.4 million to buy the land and build. The project is more than 50% pre-leased before the first shovel of dirt is turned. Those tenants include the region’s first School of Rock, Feature Meals & Eatery and Kaylena Marie’s Bakery.

The developer is also looking at a 36-acre parcel at Transit and Miles roads in Clarence to build a complex of single-family homes, apartments, office space and retail.

“We wouldn’t be doing these if we didn’t feel there was a demand for it,” Bevilacqua said. “I’m fielding more calls than I have space.”

He said his focus is to fill his buildings with local, homegrown tenants that primarily need 5,000 square feet or less. His typical tenant leases about 2,000 square feet.

“It works for me because I’m a developer and not just a cash investor when it comes to real estate,” Bevilacqua said. “I’d like to think our portfolio is unique in that regard, especially with the type of tenants we go after.”

For example, in Orchard Park, Bevilacqua took the former 15,879-square-foot Carolina Furniture store at 3144 Orchard Park Road and spent $2.4 million retrofitting it for local retailers Pita Gourmet, Tom’s Pro Bikes and Buffalo Trim.

Bevilacqua said his company portfolio is composed of apartments and retail at 40% each and office at 20%.

“I find it is a sound strategy to be diverse,” Bevilacqua said. “The nature of most of our buildings is to be mixed-use and inherently diverse. To focus solely on any one thing will get you in trouble.”

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Developer wants to expand complex on Transit to house Kaylena Marie’s Bakery, School of Rock

Bevilacqua Development is proposing to construct a pair of mixed-use multitenant commercial buildings that would fill out a retail plaza at the southwest corner of Casey and Transit roads in Amherst.

The 5.65-acre plaza property at 9290-9300 Transit is divided into three parcels. It already has a 15,470-square-foot Aldi grocery store and a 13,321-square-foot CVS Pharmacy taking up two of the pieces. But there’s still a long grass field behind both stores, totaling 1.72 acres.

Aldi – which owns the entire property – has agreed to sell that rear portion and the CVS property to Bevilacqua for $3 million, divesting itself of 3.5 acres while keeping its own store.

“It’s rare when you get to acquire a generational quality asset like CVS,” said Jonathan Bevilacqua, owner and managing member of his firm. “It’s a signal intersection with a heavily trafficked area, with room for additional development.”

Under plans by architects at Lauer-Manguso and engineers at Carmina Wood Morris PC, the developer is proposing to construct two single-story buildings – a 4,500-square-foot building at the north end toward Casey, with a proposed outdoor patio area for 24 seats, and a 12,000-square-foot building at the southern end.

Bevilaqua said he has signed two leases so far. Kaylena Marie’s Bakery will open its second location in 2,400 square feet of the smaller building. The bakery already operates in another Bevilacqua-owned property in Orchard Park. And School of Rock, a franchise, will occupy 3,000 square feet at one end of the larger building.

If approved, Bevilacqua hopes to start the $1.6 million project as soon as possible, and finish the building shells by October.

This is the latest project in that part of Amherst for Bevilacqua, which previously built out the 45,000-square-foot Transit Meadows office and retail complex at Transit and Clarence Center roads, and also purchased 36 acres at Transit and Miles roads.

The Amherst Planning Board will evaluate the proposal on April 15.

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Bevilacqua Development nearing completion of Transit Meadows: 45,000 s/f office and retail throughout five buildings

East Amherst, NY Bevilacqua Development L.P. is now in the final stages of its new development, the Transit Meadows, located on Transit Rd. The project cost was not disclosed.

The site totals 45,000 s/f of office and retail space spread over three 10,000 s/f buildings and two 7,500 s/f buildings. With the landscaping, masonry façade, and 400 parking spaces, Bevilacqua has built a tenant roll and 74% occupancy before completion.

The project is located on Transit Rd. at the signaled intersection of Clarence Center Rd., near the border of Clarence.

This project is comprised of a mix of professional office space, as well as retail space geared toward health and wellness, such as a gym, chiropractor, day spa, and salon.

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Multi-phased project planned for Transit Road

Concept plans for the vacant land at Transit and Miles roads will be submitted in the coming weeks to the Town of Clarence for Bevilacqua’s mixed-use, residential-anchored proposed development.

Almost one year after acquiring a 36-acre parcel along Transit Road, Bevilacqua Development L.P. has fine-tuned its plans for the property.

Jonathan Bevilacqua, development company CEO, said the multi-phased plan will be steeped in residential options.

Bevilacqua’s Lymstone Lofts in Williamsville and University Place in Amherst both have commercial, restaurant and retail street level tenants and market rate apartments on their respective upper floors.

That same development pattern is proposed for the Transit Road complex.

A trio of projects — all geared for retailers, restaurants or offices — are planned along Transit Road, while five buildings will be set further back. The five buildings may either be three or four stories and collectively have anywhere from 80 to 100 apartments. Later phases will focus on the development of as many as 20 single-family homes.

The still-to-be named project is just north of another Bevilacqua project along the Clarence side of Transit Road. That project, Transit Meadows, is nearing its complete build out.

Carmina Wood & Morris has been retained to help Bevilacqua with the engineering work. Bevilacqua said he hopes to start the project next spring.

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Bevilacqua buys 36 acres on Transit for residential-retail development

By Stephen T. Watson | Published 10:51 a.m. September 26, 2018

Bevilacqua Development plans to construct residential and retail space on 36 acres of vacant land the company bought this week along Transit Road in Clarence.

CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua said the company doesn’t yet have a concept plan for the property, on Transit just north of Miles Road. But he said they expect to hammer out the design for a mixed-use development within the next two months and to submit a site plan to Clarence officials within six months.

Bevilacqua Development paid $760,000 to buy the vacant parcel from D3 Transit LLC, according to public records. Bevilacqua said the property was attractive because of its 720 feet of frontage on Transit, an amount that is difficult to assemble, and because of its proximity to the company’s other parcels in Clarence and East Amherst.

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Clarence location of Pita Gourmet under construction

By Andrew Z. Galarneau | Published August 20, 2018 | Updated August 20, 2018

The third location of Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant Pita Gourmet is taking shape in Clarence.

Construction is underway on a new building at 6031 Transit Road, where the Buggy Wash car wash formerly stood.

The new place will offer 70 seats and a patio facing Transit Road that will offer another 18 seats or so, said Joseph Mahfouz, an owner.

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Bevilacqua lands three tenants for Transit Road project

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By James Fink | Published July 27, 2018

With construction nearing completion, Bevilacqua Development has landed a trio of tenants for the retail wing of its Transit Meadows Office Park.

Signed for the 8,900-square-foot out parcel building that fronts onto Transit Road are: Pita Gourmet, Domino’s Pizza and Divine Nails and Spa.

For Pita Gourmet, the site will be its second along the Transit Road spine running between Clarence, Lancaster and Amherst.

Domino’s is relocating from another Transit Road site.

The building should be open by early fall, said Jonathan Bevilacqua, development company president.

Transit Meadows has five office buildings totaling 45,000-square-feet with a mix of tenants.

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New boxing gym is latest retailer to open in Lymstone Lofts building in Amherst

By Stephen T. Watson | Published April 13, 2018 | Updated April 13, 2018

A gym that features boxing workouts is punching its way into the Main Street business district in Amherst.

Level Red Boxing, founded in Erie, Pa., is opening a new location in the Lymstone Lofts mixed-use building at 5933 Main St., straddling the Amherst-Williamsville boundary line across from Williamsville South High School.

Level Red Boxing, which also has a location in Pittsburgh, offers “boxing-inspired group fitness” through workouts that also include kettle bell strength exercises and core conditioning, according to its website. The workouts cater to everyone from beginners to gym rats, the company said.

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Domino’s Pizza to move into new Transit Road plaza in Clarence

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A relocated Domino’s Pizza plans to move into a new retail building with a drive-thru on Transit Road across from Transit Valley Country Club.

Crews broke ground a month ago on the 8,500-square-foot, single-story building at 6031 Transit Road, the site of the former Buggy Wash car wash, said Bevilacqua Development CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua. The building shell should be finished in May and it should be ready for occupancy this summer.

Domino’s is moving there from 5855 Transit Road. In addition, Pita Gourmet is opening its third area location and Divine Nail Spa is opening a second salon there.

Bevilacqua also has finished work on two of five buildings in a planned office complex at 6041 Transit. TenEleven Group software company moved to 6047 Transit two months ago, and Transit Meadow Pediatrics will move from 6477 Transit to 6049 Transit on Feb. 12.