Upstate New York

Wendel welcomes Pietkiewicz as director of project development

Buffalo, NY Wendel, a nationally recognized architectural, engineering, energy efficiency and construction management firm, welcomed Michael Pietkiewicz as director of project development. Pietkiewicz’s focus will be on the firm’s national higher education client sector. 

SWBR honored by 2019 Jeffrey Zogg Build New York Awards for design of RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios

Rochester, NY SWBR was recognized by the 2019 Jeffrey Zogg Build New York Awards for its design of Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios at a virtual award ceremony held on October 20th. The Association of General Contractors NYS awards highlight the positive impact of the construction industry in New York State

Black Bear Capital Partners arranges $32 million bridge financing

New Rochelle, NY Black Bear Capital Partners (BBCP), a real estate financial advisory firm and subsidiary of Black Bear Asset Management, has arranged $32 million in bridge financing on behalf of a private investor for the refinance of The Millennia, a new, ground-up

Largo Group of Cos. originates $12.7m for three office properties

Syracuse, NY The Largo Group of Companies secured a total of $12.7 million in financing for three office properties. Ned Perlman, vice president of originations at Largo, negotiated a $9.4 million loan with a federal credit union for a seven-story office building. The 75% leveraged deal featured funds for tenant improvements, 25-year amortization, partial recourse and no prepayment penalty. 

ThermoAI receives $1 million grand prize in 76West Clean Energy Business Competition

Albany, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $2.5 million in support to four winners of the 76West Clean Energy Business Competition to advance innovation to lower carbon emissions and spur economic growth in New York State. ThermoAI, a company from Montreal, Canada, received the top $1 million grand prize award for its cutting-edge technology, which reduces carbon emissions and increases energy efficiency, enabling the company to expand its business operations in the Southern Tier.

The Moderne Condominiums in Saratoga Springs by Bonacio Construction; designed by Design Logic Architects, PC

Saratoga Springs, NY Bonacio Construction, Inc. is introducing a new project in the city, The Moderne Condominiums. The two- and three- bedroom condos and penthouses are located at 128 Henry St.  The building features a curated art collection in the

2020 Hudson Valley apartment market - by Brian Heine

As of July, all of New York State has qualified for Phase IV reopening, and as we come out of the pandemic the major concern in the multifamily industry is the effect on rents and occupancy, unemployment is always the biggest threat. Temporary job layoffs and permanent losses among the industries that are large tenant employers, particularly retail and hospitality, have reduced collections mid-year in those cases where stimulus funds are insufficient to cover both rent and tenant living expenses.

Montgomery County’s redevelopment efforts continue at Exit 29 site

Canajoharie, NY Montgomery County’s efforts to redevelop the vacant Exit 29 site, formerly the home of Beech-Nut Nutrition for over 100 years, took a step forward this month with the completion of the asbestos abatement process for the remaining portions of the former manufacturing facility and office building. The site, which the Montgomery County Business Development Center (MCBDC) has been working to clean up and prepare for redevelopment since the county took possession of it in July 2017, is likely to see greater interest from prospective developers now that the costly asbestos removal process is complete.

November message from the president of NYSCAR - by James Walker

NYSCAR held their Annual Meeting virtually in October. It was a good meeting with timely discussions. The 2021 budget was approved. Committee reports and chapter reports were received. The following members were elected as officers and governors:  • James Walker, CCIM, president;  • Dana Crocker, first VP;  • Robert Strell, second VP, 

Funiciello and Sessa of JF Real Estate sign Pawsitivitea to CNY Regional Market

Syracuse, NY According to JF Real Estate, Central New Yorkers have a spot to grab a coffee and a snack and relax with a few furry feline friends.  Pawsitivitea CNY is open inside the CNY Regional Market at 2100 Park St. according to owner Alisha Reynolds, one of two cat cafés planned for the area.   The concept for the 1,200 s/f is simple:  Coffee and tea, baked goods, and cats. The dining room and cat lounge area will be separate.