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The Enterprise Lumber & Silo redevelopment project is focused on the restoration and repurposing of a vacant masonry and heavy timber-framed building located at 211 Main Street, in the City of North Tonawanda, New York.

The City of North Tonawanda was once the largest port on the Great Lakes during the height of the Erie Canal. The building at 211 Main Street is the last standing lumber mill in North Tonawanda that has retained its original character. This building provides recognition of a property type not currently represented in the City’s collection of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The restoration of 211 Main Street will foster pride in our community history, and the preservation of this building will raise awareness of North Tonawanda’s collection of distinct historic properties.



With a sound development strategy built on the principals of smart growth, workforce development and entrepreneurship, 211 Main Street is a unique position to support the growing local economy and capitalize on its location on the Niagara Falls -- Buffalo corridor. When redevelopment of this building has been completed, the property will serve as a business-to-business design collective and provide a collaborative work environment for emerging businesses seeking office space that is an outward reflection of neighborhood revitalization, coalesce the community and ignite the redevelopment of the north-west gateway to North Tonawanda’s downtown district. This facility will provide space for larger conversations, community presentations, evening lectures and special interest symposiums, and will create educational platform for collaboration with the local high school’s Architecture and Engineering Academy.



The revitalization area is a short distance to the Webster Street downtown core, where significant reinvestment has occurred over the past ten years. The improvement of Gateway Park, with its focus on the Erie Canal waterfront in the late 1990, was one of the first efforts undertaken to restore downtown North Tonawanda. The New York State “Main Streets Grant Program made the Remington Lofts brownfield redevelopment project possible, and substantial private investment Webster Street has produced a thriving corridor of restaurants, shops, galleries, and newly renovated residential properties, all anchored by the Riviera Theater, which is listed on the National Historic Registry.

The MomeNTum Plan calls for the Main Street and Thomson Street areas to be redeveloped, moving from the area’s industrial past to a newly created Northern Gateway to the City of North Tonawanda. The adaptive reuse of 211 Main Street will play an important role in realizing the goals of the MomeNTum Plan.



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