Marin Building unveils new apartments in downtown Buffalo

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BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) The draw of downtown living has prompted another developer to turn a former Buffalo office building into apartments and banquet space at the corner of Main and Seneca Street.

For about a year now, the Admiral Room has been hosting banquets on the first floor of what was originally built in 1912 for Marine Trust Company at the corner of  Main and Seneca Streets downtown. “Just Friday night, there was a prom here. We’ve had corporate events,” said Paul Kolkmeyer, president and CEO of Priam Enterprises which has transformed much of the office space into apartments.

“We’re going to have 64 apartments that are going to be opening up hopefully by July first,” said Kolkmeyer. There will be both one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom units ranging in price from about fifteen hundred dollars a month to close to $3,900 a month.”

He’s marketing to young professionals or empty nesters who want to live closer to the progress happening downtown. “There’s just spectacular views from these apartments. You can imagine looking out into Lake Erie, looking out over Harbor Center or even the ballpark.”

Even the original 100-year old walk-in bank vault will be turned into a sort of restaurant and reception area, according to Kolkmeyer. “They want to call it ‘Vault 237’ and they will have a restaurant area facing Seneca Street. People can rent out the vault space for private functions, private dinners.”

Kolkmeyer knows just the way to top off the nearly 20 story tower. “We’re gonna put a rooftop patio up there which many of the people that have already pre-leased apartments are excited to see and take advantage of this summer.”

It’s now known as the Marin Building, a short form of its roots as Marine Trust. Anyone interested in the new apartments or the banquet facilities can call (716) 580-3136, or visit

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