One of the commercial spaces will be occupied by dentist Dr Robert Reszel, whose office building on the site of the planned apartment complex is to be demolished, Celik said.

DLV is looking for a cafe or similar business to occupy the other space in the mixed-use building, Celik said. “The most important thing for us right now is to seek out this flagship retailer,” he said.

For a time, Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill was to be that tenant, but its deal with DLV fell apart in 2020.

600 River Road Apartments offers one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as townhouses.

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The 111-unit apartment building and mixed-use building are to be connected to existing DLV housing at 600 River Road by a publicly accessible waterfront road, Celik said. The new building will stand about 50 feet from the shore.

The company hopes to secure funding from North Tonawanda’s $10 million state grant as part of the downtown revitalization initiative, Celik said.

“They reached out a few months ago,” Mayor Austin J. Tylec said. Although DLV was not represented at last week’s first public meeting on the list of grant-funded projects, there is still time, as the final list will not be sent for state approval until July. , said Tylec.

The 88 units at 600 River Road — a pair of four-story, 36-unit buildings, plus a few two-story townhouses, each with eight units — also cost around $20 million. They have been fully rented, although a few spaces may be available at any time as people come and go, Celik said.