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Elizabeth Leader, Artist, Blogs about the Cooperage

May 10, 2013

Elizabeth Leader has created an original art piece about the Cooperage Building and written about the project on her blog, www.elizabethleaderart.blogspot.com. Be sure to visit her site!


Kayak the Buffalo River! Through the Buffalo Waterfront, past the Grain Elevators, and to the Naval Ships in the Harbor...

Or "Six more chances to learn how to get into and out of a kayak without getting wet!"

April 22, 2011

By Christine Baer, Paths, Peaks and Paddles

Paths, Peaks and Paddles, The Cooperage and the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Center have teamed up once again to paddle the Buffalo River! 

If you are looking for some place different to paddle or a group to paddle with please join us for a fun evening paddle.  We meet at the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Center located at 345 Ohio Street, near Republic Street, across from Father Conway Park at 6:00pm.  If you do not have a kayak you are welcome to rent one for $30.00 per person.  If you have your own kayak feel free to join the group for a great evening.  We plan to be off of the water at approximately 9:00pm. 

From the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Center dock we explore along the grain mills, check out the sail boats and navy ships.  Weather permitting we will explore out along the break wall.

It’s such a peaceful feeling sitting in your kayak watching the pulse of the City going on around you.  The ambient lights from the many commercial buildings are observed for miles.  Cars quickly pass overhead on the skyway while other cars are making their way along the city streets.  Last year we sat beside one of the naval ships and listened to a band.  Sailboats are plentiful and quite spectacular as they make their way in and out of the harbor. 

This monthly event is scheduled to take place rain or shine for 6:00pm scheduled Monday evenings.  Check your calendar for your availability for: 5/9, 6/13, 7/18, 8/8, 9/26 and 10/3/11.  Registration is required if you need to rent a kayak by calling 716-213-0350.  With each boat rental you will receive a paddle and PFD.  PFD’s are required by everyone on this event.  We kindly ask that you leave all electric devices behind for a few hours so everyone can relax and unwind.  There will be no alcoholic beverages or drugs on the water. 

Feel free to contact Paths Peaks and Paddles if you are interested in our Monday evening paddle.  We can be reached at 716-213-0350 or pppinfo@pathspeakspaddles.com

See Paths Peaks and Paddles website here: http://www.pathspeakspaddles.com/index.html 

The Cooperage and Buffalo River Neighborhood as Important Part of CanalSide Waterfront Development Conversation

December 28, 2010


Seneca's revise plan for casino downtown: President reaches out to waterfront groups

The Buffalo News - December 18, 2010

Construction of a permanent downtown Buffalo casino -- although smaller than originally planned -- is a top priority for the Seneca Nation, Robert Odawi Porter, president of the nation, said Friday.

But before that happens, Porter says the nation is reaching out to other stakeholders in the vicinity of the downtown waterfront to see if there can be a collective approach in the development of the area.

Read the full article here: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article287278.ece 


CanalSide study suggests ways to tell Buffalo's Waterfront story 

The Buffalo News - December 10, 2010

“There is a lot of flexibility, a lot of openness, a lot of dialogue and a lot of belief that the community is going to be continually involved in the evolution of this project,” said Peter Dow, who heads the Cultural Steering Committee, an advisory group.

Read the full article here: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/buffalo/article280221.ece 


A welcome new course: Harbor agency’s actions bode well for a better, more inclusive project

The Buffalo News - December 1, 2010

Three subcommittees of the board will study the historic district, and there’s talk of a temporary tent structure to create a marketplace and steps toward building a pavilion near the Central Wharf. In addition, more boat slips and marina services are possible, as is the rebuilding of the 1833 Buffalo lighthouse in conjunction with the Buffalo Lighthouse Association. A 120-acre park could be created on the outer harbor in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Read full article here: http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial-page/buffalo-news-editorials/article270527.ece

ECHDC Takes Action on Modified Canal Side Plan

Buffalo Rising Online - November 29, 2010

The Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today voted to approve the modified Canal Side General Project Plan, with amendments that will ensure that the proposed public canal system will follow the historic path of the Erie Canal. The Board tabled the proposed underground parking ramp at the Aud site, citing concerns that had been expressed by the community during the recent public outreach period. In addition, ECHDC Chair Jordan Levy announced a series of steps that will be implemented over the next several months in order promote activity and improve conditions on the Inner and Outer harbors this summer.  
Read the full article here: http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/11/echdc-takes-action-on-modified-canal-side-plan.html 
Activists turn up heat on harbor development
The Buffalo News - November 27, 2010 

Goldman's plan envisions building up an industrial corridor while uniting the inner and outer harbors. RiverFest Park is under development at Ohio and Miami streets in the shadow of two grain elevators. Nearby is an industrial site used by skateboarders and envisioned as a candidate for a skateboard park.

The Cooperage lofts on nearby Chicago Street are being developed by Clinton Brown. Nearby are the Scholastic Rowing Association, Father Conway Park and a public boat launch.

Just over the Ohio Street Bridge is the setting for what Goldman calls the "Island of Art and Industry." He says the hulking grain elevators are ripe for painting, covering them in canvas -- or using them as gigantic movie screens for films that people could view from bleachers. He also would like to see the bridge illuminated. 
Read the full story here: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/downtown/article266454.ece


Learn to Kayak Event, September 13 

August 9, 2010

Learn to kayak along the Buffalo River! Lessons and equipment by Paths, Peaks & Paddles and the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA). See the new BSRA facilities at 245 Ohio Street and visit them online at http://rowbuffalo.com.

Learn to Kayak Sept 13

Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association

August 27, 2010

Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association LogoThe Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association is busy launching their Association and its many school-aged rowers from new docking pads along the Buffalo River, near Father Conway Park and the Cooperage.

 Read the full 08/27/10 Buffalo News Article "Scholastic Rowing Association makes big splash on Buffalo River"

Visit BSRA online at: http://rowbuffalo.com/

Buffalo Hiking Group Leads Tours of Old First Ward; Cooperage

June 29, 2010

From "Bootprints" - The E-Newsletter of The Buffalo Hiking Group

Buffalo Hiking Group at The Cooperage

It was a lovely evening on June 18th when about 20 members and newcomers joined us for our evening "Old First Ward" hike showcasing the past, present and future of the Buffalo Waterfront.  We stopped at many historical locations including "The Cooperage" where the owner, Clinton Brown spoke of its rich history, where Grover Cleveland started his first campaign to where its headed now becoming some of the finest lofts that the city has to offer.  For more info on "The Cooperage" check out the website at www.riverloftsbuffalo.com.  We stopped at many other locations as well and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the hike and even they even caught a glimpse of a lake freighter coming into the harbor....something rarely seen anymore!

         Buffalo Hiking Group: http://www.buffalohiking.com/ 


Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo Supports The Cooperage

February 22, 2010

"I write to let you know of my strong support of The Cooperage project as well as Clinton Brown's recent request for $200,000 in interim funding from the Preservation league's Endangered Properties Intervention Program to initiate the immediate construction of this important economic development project on Buffalo's waterfront." 

Mayor Brown's letter of support (PDF)

The Cooperage on Wikipedia

February, 2010

After it's approved listing on the National Register of Historic Places, The Cooperage, historically known as the E & B Holmes Manufacturing Company, was added to Wikipedia, a widely used online encyclopedia. Learn more about The Cooperage on Wikipedia by following this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._%26_B._Holmes_Machinery_Company_Building

Assemblymember Hoyt Congratulates CBCA on NR Listing of The Cooperage
July 29, 2009
"Thank you for all that you do to preserve the historic landmarks that define Buffalo; the results of your hard work at an inspiration to others. I look forward to the positive impact that The Cooperage with have on Buffalo's Waterfront District."

Assemblymember Hoyt's letter to CBCA (PDF)

Now Leasing - The Cooperage Waterfront Lofts! 
July 10, 2009
We are now ready to take your reservation for your genuine waterfront live/work lofts at The Cooperage!
Be among Buffalo's first new downtown waterfront residents! Reserve your place at The Cooperage now for first choice by reserving now, you will be among those to have first choice of one of only 20 live/work lofts that will be available. 

By securing your reservation now, you will:
- Get first choice to select your loft during "Selection Week" from among our many unique lofts with great views
- Guarantee today's monthly rent level for future occupancy
- Enjoy one more of free rent with a one year lease
- Enjoy having no additional security deposit on your first year lease
- Customize pain colors and other finishes in your loft upon signing a lease during construction!

To be fair to those most interested in living in the first historic new waterfront lofts in downtown Buffalo when they become available next year, we are taking reservation with non-refundable pre-lease deposits now. Please go to "Loft Plans" and download the Pre-Lease Agreement and return it signed along with your non-refundable deposit of $500 in a check made payable to Newark Niagara LLC. You can also request the information by mail by calling (716) 852-2020.

Reservation will be first come-first serve, based on the time of receipt of your competed Pre-Lease Deposit at our offices and your cleared check. We will keep a waiting list. Act today to reserve your chance to be among the first trendsetting residents to live and work in genuine downtown waterfront lofts at The Cooperage!

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State Board Recommends Area Historic Sites

March 19, 2009

A 19th century barrel-making factory, 1950s-era Lockport home and Lake Erie site of a shipwrecked schooner are among 32 properties recommended for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation. The E&B Holmes Machinery Co. Building, also known as the Cooperage, 55-59 Chicago St., near the Cobblestone District, dates back to circa 1870. It is being redeveloped by Clinton Brown Architecture Co. into a $6 million mixed-use development. The schooner site is where an 1830s wooden schooner shipwrecked in Lake Erie about 15 miles off Dunkirk. The 1957 residence at 8 Berkley Drive, Lockport, is a distinctive, mid-20th century example of a prairie-style home, designed by Lockport native Duane Lyman.

See the full article at the Buffalo News: http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/otherwny/story/612377.html

The Cooperage: From Dream To Reality by Buffalo Rising

February 27, 2009 

"I believe that The Cooperage stabilization project and ultimate loft conversion plan is one of the most exciting advances taking place in the city. The order of magnitude regarding this Civil War-era complex has yet to sink in to the collective Buffalo psyche. Developer Ben Obletz once proved that people would take a chance living in an area of the city that was considered a final frontier. He converted the Elk Terminal building into a series of lofts that continue to thrive to this day. Now Clint Brown has been handed the reins and his dream of rescuing and rehabbing the historic former E&B Holmes Machinery Co. barrel-making machinery complex is moving forward faster than ever. "

Read full Buffalo Rising article (DOC)

Off Main Street: Quick with a punch(line) . . . in The Buffalo News

September 20, 2008

Those were the days . . .

Preservation architect Clinton Brown recalled old-style political campaigns during his announcement Wednesday that he’ll be converting a 19th-century brick complex at 55 Chicago St., near the Cobblestone District, into lofts.

“Right here on these streets, overlooked by the four-story building, Grover Cleveland got his start,” Brown told those gathered at the site for a press conference. He pointed out that after running unsuccessfully for district attorney in 1865, Cleveland was elected sheriff, setting him on a path that led him to become mayor of Buffalo, governor of New York and then president of the United States.

“Campaigning was different than today,” Brown said. “They would roll out a barrel, which may have been made in this building — the E&B Holmes Machinery Co. made barrel-making machinery — and Cleveland may have stood on it and made a speech. Afterward, everyone would retire to the Harbor Inn, or to McBride’s.”

To which Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, standing a few feet from Brown, and the recent target of harsh attack ads in the Democratic primary, quipped: “It’s too bad we can’t campaign like that anymore.”

Lofts planned for industrial complex near the Cobblestone District

September 18, 2008


New lofts are planned for a Civil War-era complex near the Cobblestone District. The $6 million, mixed-use development at 55 Chicago St., announced Wednesday, calls for 22 market-rate live-and-work lofts, and two or three retail spaces. Developer Clinton Brown said he hopes to offer “this remnant of Buffalo’s great Erie Canal past” for rental in 12 months, with a planned opening in December 2009.

Preservation League Rolls Out the Barrel

September 17, 2008


In a red-letter day for historic preservation in Buffalo, Newark-Niagara LLC unveiled plans to rescue the Old First Ward's most endangered and historic property. Often called simply “The Cooperage” for its long history in the barrel making trade, the E&B Holmes Machinery Company buildings sat derelict for many years after the company moved, an endangered monument to the heyday of Buffalo's waterfront commerce and industry.

The Cooperage is being shored up and preserved thanks to bridge financing from a new emergency preservation program, as announced at the site today by Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League of New York State, and the principal of Newark-Niagara, architect Clinton Brown.

Read the full Buffalo Rising article here: http://archives.buffalorising.com/story/preservation_league_rolls_out 

Preservation League of NYS Grants Loan for Stabilization of The Cooperage

September 16, 2008

The Preservation League of New York State recently disbursed a loan from its Endangered Properties Intervention Program (EPIP) to a Buffalo firm which will protect and restore the historic E&B Holmes Machinery Co. complex on the Buffalo River waterfront. The League’s EPIP program was established with state funds to foster the revitalization and protection of historic resources and neighborhoods throughout New York. The loan will help support stabilization and pre-development work on this 19th century industrial complex by Newark Niagara LLC. Also known as The Cooperage, the E&B Holmes Machinery Co. is the westernmost original building on the historic Erie Canal.

PLNYS Full Text Press Release Here: http://www.preservenys.org/downloads-ct/PR-EPIP-loan-Cooperage-final.pdf 

The Cooperage Redux: River Lofts Buffalo by Buffalo Rising

September 16, 2008

"I love  Buffalo’s Old First Ward and its rich heritage. In 2004 and 2005, while working on a project for a client there, I dedicated many lunch hours to exploring it. I had been fortunate to find Buffalo’s Waterfront: a Guidebook, written by Tim Tielman and published by the Preservation Coalition of Erie County in the early 1990’s. Before long, my copy was worn ragged, dog-eared, and full of notes. But I was all too frequently jarred to find that landmarks in the guidebook had vanished by the time I searched for them, in just the decade or so since the guidebook had been published. It’s nothing short of tragic that so much of the heritage of Buffalo’s oldest and most historically rich district has disappeared at such a rapid pace, and so recently—condemned to live on only in memories, old photos, and guidebooks.

Given that experience, I couldn’t be happier to report today that one of the most historically significant of those landmarks will not be disappearing as some had feared (here: http://www.buffalorising.com/story/hope_for_the_cooperage). The three connected building comprising the former E&B Holmes Machinery Company—also known as “The Cooperage” due to its long involvement in barrel making—will be preserved and adapted to become River Lofts Buffalo (here: http://riverloftsbuffalo.com/). Like the Livery, the Karpeles Manuscript Library on North Street, and McBride’s Pub, the Cooperage had suffered structural damage during recent rough weather events. The owner, Newark-Niagara LLC, headed by local preservation architect Clinton Brown, knew they were working against time to both stabilize the building and put together the funding to adapt it for new use."

Full Buffalo Rising article: http://archives.buffalorising.com/story/the_cooperage_redux_river_loft 

September 12, 2008

One of Buffalo’s oldest buildings is being considered by a local group of investors as one of the first to offer residential units overlooking the Buffalo River.

Newark Niagara is proposing to invest $6 million to convert the former E&B Holmes Machinery Co. building - portions of which date to the Civil War - into 22 market rate, live-work lofts. The project is located at the corner of Chicago and Ohio streets and provides a view of the Buffalo River and Father Conway Park in South Buffalo.

Full Buffalo Business Journal article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2008/09/08/daily50.html