Buffalo, N.Y. - There's a small, but successful change going on in downtown Buffalo - more and more old, abandoned buildings are being turned into loft apartments.
The latest sounds of progress and promise are coming from Washington Street.
That's where developer Rocco Termini is turning the old AM&A's warehouse into a 48 unit building whose apartments have granite countertops, exposed brick, and hardwood floors.
Termini hasn't done a bit of advertising, the building doesn't open for another two months, and yet it's already two thirds rented.
"We have a lot of people from the medical corridor, we have a lot of people that work downtown, and we have some seniors," says Termini of his new tenants.
One of those downtown workers, Wendy Christophersen, got her first look at her new apartment on Tuesday.
"Oh this is so fun, cool. I can't wait," she said after first walking through the door.
Christophersen is a lawyer who works right near the Warehouse.
With her daughter now grown, she was ready to downsize and come downtown.
"It's completely different than my 1972 split level in Amherst, it's going to be really fun. There's a lot of great things downtown, so many great restaurants and places to go," said Christophersen.
The warehouse is the sixth building that Termini has reclaimed and renovated in the last seven years. All told, he's invested about $45 million.
"We have 185 apartments downtown right now and we have zero vacancies. If that doesn't cause you to believe, I don't know what would," said Termini.
Count Wendy Christophersen among the downtown converts.
"It's awesome, I can't wait, I'm already thinking about where my furniture is going to go," she said.