After the North Tonawanda History Museum on Webster Street was foreclosed upon last year, it left a big hole to fill downtown.
Developer Ralph Dailey bought the building at auction in July for $500,000, and is ready to make some drastic changes.
"As they say, the building has good bones, but we are changing the facade completely to a more historic look. It's currently aluminum-clad and glass, and we'll change the complete front to be more in line with what the historic feel of the street is," Dailey said.
Dailey says he feels the building has long been under-utilized.
He says Spot Coffee will be an anchor tenant of what will now be known as DestinatioNT, and he will fill the remaining space with other local or regional businesses.
"It'll be a mini arcade, so there will be a central walk-in area and most likely two restaurants in the back with other supporting businesses in the middle and upstairs," Dailey said.
Lumber City Development Executive Director Michael Zimmerman says he's excited about the proposed changes and the future of Webster Street.
"It's a huge building and a huge portion of that street, and it's right in the middle of the block, right across the street basically from the Riviera Theatre," Zimmerman said.
Dailey says, pending city approval, he hopes to have the facade completely redone and the restaurants open within the next six months.