Renovated Statler will include 550 apartments, 600 parking spaces, hotel | Local company
In addition to parking, the basement will include a 12,000 square foot laundry room, Turkish bath and meeting room and entertainment area. The ground floor will include the 12,000 square foot Golden Ball Room, the 8,000 square foot Terrace Room, a 10,000 square foot lobby, a 9,000 square foot bar and lounge, a 4000 square foot kitchen. square feet, 7,000 square feet of retail space and 9,000 square feet of meeting rooms.
The mezzanine level will include the 5,000-square-foot Georgian Room, the 4,000-square-foot Embassy Room, the kitchen, an additional 9,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 16,000 square feet of office space. The second floor will be fully parking, while the third floor will be half rear parking. The front half will have apartments where the tours begin.
From the fourth floor to the 18th, the project will be entirely residential or hotel. The apartments will be one, two and three bedroom units ranging in size from 546 square feet to 1,633 square feet of corner units. The new boutique hotel will occupy the ninth, 10th and 11th floors, where walls, bathrooms and other structural elements are still intact from the days of the original hotel.
Jemal noted that the recent report assessing the current Buffalo Niagara Convention Center cited the need for more than 600 hotel rooms when normal operations resume after the pandemic. But the Hyatt Regency Buffalo – which Jemal now also owns – only has 396. So the Statler will now make up the difference. “It’s the good thing to have hotel rooms,” he said. “This is a good size hotel.”