Former Linwood Diocesan Retirement Residence Reopens As New Apartment Building | Business premises

After more than 90 years as a cathedral rectory and then diocesan retirement home, the former Sheehan Residence for Retired Priests on Linwood Avenue is now an apartment building.

Frontier Group of Companies — a Buffalo-based developer with origins in the demolition and remediation business — is completing its $1.7 million transformation of the 17,376-square-foot property at 330 Linwood into the new [email protected] Manorwith 20 apartments.

Once used as a home for the bishop, the historic three-story mansion now contains 14 one-bedroom units and six studios, with rents ranging from $900 to $1,850 per month. The building features original refinished hardwood floors and other natural woodwork, leaded glass and working fireplaces.

The two-year project was designed by architect Daryl Martin of Orchard Park and supervised by Savarino Companies. Standard Property Management operates the property.

Built in 1928, the property originally served as the presbytery for the new St. Joseph’s Cathedral, located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and West Utica Street. After the demolition of the cathedral in 1976, the parsonage became the Sheehan Retirement Residence. But after it fell out of use, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo put it up for sale – along with the bishop’s Tudor-style mansion at 77 Oakland Place.

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Frontier purchased it in February 2019 for $1.3 million, with proceeds going to the Retired Diocesan Priests Health Insurance Fund. The Bishop’s mansion was sold separately to raise money to compensate child victims of clergy sexual abuse, following the still-evolving abuse scandal and cover-ups dating back decades.

This is the fourth residential redevelopment project for Frontier, whose principals previously completed the Buffalo River Landing at Ohio Street, 500 Seneca and the Seneca Street Lofts at 550 Seneca.