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Despite the challenges COVID-19 brought to Iskalo Development’s hospitality holdings, we were able to secure some big new projects in 2020 that we’re so excited to share with you. 

Here’s a look at some of the high-profile projects we took on during the pandemic, also mentioned in a recent Buffalo Business First article! 

Big Ditch Brewing Co., Cheektowaga

In early March of 2020, we announced Big Ditch Brewing Company’s expansion into the northtowns with a second facility! As co-founder of the wildly successful local brewing company, we couldn’t be more excited to execute this big project that will grow the brand and increase annual production to over 100,000 barrels of craft beer. The $32 million project will feature a 105,315-square-foot expanded production center and tap room at 6700 Transit Road, putting Big Ditch at the four corners of Amherst, Clarence, Cheektowaga, and Lancaster. 

1 East Ave, Lockport

In 2015, we bought the beautiful Historic Post Office building at 1 East Avenue in the city of Lockport. In 2020, we announced our vision to fully restore the iconic Lockport building, erected in 1904, with the help of government funding. We want to invest in walkable downtown Lockport and be a part of the city’s growth by reviving and preserving a big piece of its history. 

The renovation project will include the installation of accessibility features, such as elevators, and new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, including a sprinkler system. The renovated building, totaling more than 31,000 square feet, will host first floor boutiques, commercial artisan studios on the basement level, and office suites on the second and third floors. Our plans also include a restaurant, which will further revitalize downtown Lockport! 

140 Pine Street, Hamburg Village Square

Throughout the past year, we’ve continued renovating the Hamburg Village Square shopping center, contributing to Hamburg’s village. For years, this centrally-located community shopping plaza has received loyal support from Hamburg residents, and continues to draw shoppers from neighboring communities. The retail mecca, with $4 million in thoughtful renovations, provides a convenient shopping experience for customers by combining a range of high-quality retailers in one accessible place, with plenty of on-site parking! Retailers also benefit from excellent street visibility.

Reikart House Hotel, Amherst

Although COVID negatively impacted our hospitality holdings, including the Hyatt Place, Jazzboline restaurant, and the Reikart House Hotel, we still managed to keep our brand prominent in 2020. The Reikart House was named “Hotel of the Year” by Marriott International in the distinctive/premium hotel category for the second year in a row! We’re hoping to come back stronger than ever once we’re able to reopen at full capacity.