Nick Sinatra’s West Utica condominium project at former Cadet Cleaners is being laundered again | Business premises

A representation of the proposed Atlantic Central Condominium project on the corner of West Utica Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Developer Nick Sinatra’s Atlantic Central condominium project in Elmwood Village is not proceeding as originally proposed and approved after the company decided to redesign its plan to potentially preserve a building it originally intended to demolish.

Sinatra & Co. Real Estate, in partnership with Phil Nanulas Essex Homes of WNY, planned to build a new four-story condominium building at 169 W. Utica St. with 54 units for sale and an underground car park.

The 101,700-square-foot building would have condominiums on all four above-ground floors, including some two-story townhouse-style units, and would have one level with 95 covered parking spaces below, some underground due to the slope of the ground. The developers received approval for the $ 22.4 million project in early 2019 from both the city’s appeals authority and the planning authority.

The project also included the demolition and renovation of the two-story brick building that used to house Cadet Cleaners and which was then used as self-storage from 2011 to 2015. The 45,000-square-foot building has been vacant since then, and Sinatra acquired the 1.12-acre site in 2016.

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The former Cadet Cleaners building, later Cadet Self-Storage, at 169 W. Utica St.


Sinatra and other builders have been hit by conservationists, and Elmwood Village residents in particular, for demolishing older buildings too quickly instead of renovating and reusing them. Sinatra in particular was criticized for demolishing W. Utica St. 184 for another project.

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