January 6, 2011
Our firm is proud to be moving into the historic, art nouveau Calumet Building. Located in the heart of Buffalo, our new office is minutes from the Erie County Supreme Court, Buffalo City Court, and United States District Court.
CHIPPEWA’S HISTORIC CALUMET PURCHASED AND PRESERVED
Buffalo, NY – The Calumet Building was recently purchased by 52 Chippewa, comprised of the senior partners of law firm Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak (KSLN), Angelo S. Natale, Natale Building Corp. and Frank Parisi, Soho Group. The purchase and planned restoration of the historic Calumet is the latest in a growing roster of successful investment and adaptive re-use efforts in downtown Buffalo.
Construction is expected to commence in February, and completion is targeted for Fall, 2011. In addition to current tenant Bacchus, the site will house KSLN, a regional law firm with over 60 employees. The firm’s continued, steady growth over 18 years has necessitated the move from its current headquarters in the Rand Building at Lafayette Square. “The Calumet, in the heart of downtown Buffalo, is ideally located for our firm and the transformation of this magnificent building will continue the original vision that Mark Goldman had for this area,” said Judi Treger Shelton, senior partner at KSLN.
Through the development team of Angelo Natale, Frank Parisi and KSLN, historical preservation credits and IDA incentives will be used to preserve and modernize the distinctive Calumet structure. “Our vision for the project has always been to maintain the integrity and historically significant design of the building while creating a modern home for the law firm,” stated Angelo Natale.
As a result of the planned renovations to the space, long-time first floor restaurant tenant Bacchus, will also benefit. The new owners are currently seeking complimentary tenants – retail, office or restaurant – for the balance of the space. With the approval and endorsement of the City of Buffalo and Mayor Byron Brown, our team is enthusiastically looking forward to commencing construction,” said Natale.
Tom Liptak, KSLN senior partner, remarked, “We have worked diligently with the The Natale and Soho Groups to bring our vision to fruition, and we are thrilled to take the next step in the process. Our commitment to remaining headquartered in downtown Buffalo has never wavered and we greatly anticipate the move that will afford our employees and clients alike the best of both a remarkable, vintage building and a comfortable, modern space in which to conduct business.”