We're seeing more signs of the booming Buffalo housing market based on some new development activity planned for the city.

If approved, nearly 100 new apartments will be heading to the northwest corner of the city, potentially breathing new life into a neighborhood that hasn't seen much development in years.

Douglas Development Looking To Build Luxury Apartments In Old Buffalo School

According to Buffalo Business First, multi-millionaire Douglas Jemal plans to convert the old Black Rock Academy at 101 Hertel Ave in Buffalo to a luxury apartment complex.

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Douglas Development agreed to buy the 90,000-square-foot school building from the City of Buffalo and plans to spend around $15 million converting it to 90 luxury apartments. When complete, the site will have 40 studio apartments, 27 one-bedrooms, 22 two-bedrooms, and one three-bedroom apartment. As a luxury building, the site will also have other amenities like a fitness room and an outdoor courtyard.

Douglas Development
Douglas Development

The former Black Rock Academy was initially built in 1894 and had an addition added to the building in 1927. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been officially closed since 2005, but Buffalo Public School officials had considered using the building as a flex site, a temporary building that could house students while other schools were being remodeled.

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The development plan is set to be presented to the City of Buffalo Planning Board for approval. If approved, the development will move to the next steps, but officials have not said what the timeline for completion is.

Below, you can find some pictures of the inside of the school as it sits today.

Peek Inside The Former Black Rock Academy in Buffalo

Douglas Development is looking to redevelop into 90 high-end apartments. Take a look inside the school before the work starts

Gallery Credit: Ed Nice

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