Thursday March 28, 2013 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
Dimitri “Jim” Tzetzo, founder and principal of Tzetzo Developers, cuts the red ribbon signifying a new beginning for the restored Kronenberg Building at 12 Main St. in the Village of Hamburg. Pictured from left are: Nicholas Tzetzo, principal of Tzetzo Developers; Damon Ayer, chair of the Village of Hamburg Historic Preservation Commission; Town of Hamburg Council Member Amy Ziegler, Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses, J.R. Rivera of Superior Construction of Niagara, Tzetzo, Hamburg Trustee Laura Hackathorn and Project Manager Jon Mancini.
It is official, the old Kronenberg Building, 12 Main St. is open for business.
Neighboring business owners, town and village officials, friends, family and well-wishers gathered Friday, March 22 as Dimitri “Jim” Tzetzo, founder and principal of the Buffalo based Tzetzo Companies, cut the red ribbon officially opening the restored building.
“Our Project Manager Jon Mancini, who is also a village resident, first brought this building to our attention over a year ago,” said Nicholas B. Tzetzo. “My father and I were astounded by how such a central building had fallen into such disrepair.
“There is such an incredible strength and vibrance in the village, with the beautiful homes and businesses. We knew that we could make a contribution to the continued resurgence of Hamburg’s charming village by restoring this building,” Tzetzo said.
Since the March 14, 2012 announcement that the Tzetzo Company had purchased the building, work has continued on the restoration of the 12,000 square foot circa 1884 building.
The first tenant for the building is Salon Savvi, owned by Michael Figiel.
“He had a vision to sign on first,” Tzetzo said.
According to Figiel, who is also a member of the band, Wide Right, he had been looking to expand at his Orchard Park facility and when this came up, it was the perfect answer.
“It is so exciting to be a part of this and I live maybe 10 minutes from here. How could I pass this up?,” Figiel said. Plans are the salon will open sometime in April, he said.
The entire restoration endeavor became a real community project, Tzetzo said.
“I have never worked in a better municipality, from the top people to the passerby on the street. There is a real feeling of ownership and pride in this community,” Tzetzo said.
“Mayor Moses, Don Witkowski, Paul Becker, Damon Ayer, Mike Bartlett, First Niagara Bank, Jay (J.R. Rivera owner of Superior Construction of Niagara who did the work) and his outstanding crew, Jon (Mancini), and our neighbors Pete Dimpfl, Tom Tedesco, we could not have done this without their help,” he said.
“This was the missing link of the village,” Mayor Thomas Moses said. “We are celebrating a milestone here today.”
According to Tzetzo, the original plan was for the second floor of the building to have office space, but that may not happen now.
“We have had so much interest in having apartments upstairs, that we are seriously considering doing that instead,” he said. “It would not be hard to convert the upper floor to apartments, it pretty much is just a large square at this point,” he said.
Tzetzo added they do have someone looking at the other side of the first floor and he is hoping they will soon have a tenant in place.
“This has been an unbelievable experience working here in the village. I can’t tell you how proud we are to be involved in this community’s renaissance,” Tzetzo said.