About Larkin Development Group

Larkin Development Group (LDG) has been a leader in Buffalo, New York in the transformation of the city’s rich stock of buildings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. into mixed-use developments. The majority of the company’s real estate holdings are in buildings that were once part of the Larkin Soap Company.

Larkin Soap Company: From Factory to Family

The Larkin Soap Company, in Buffalo, NY, was one of the most innovative companies of its time (1875-1940) selling products for the home from “Factory to Family”, manufactured and sold from their headquarters in Buffalo, New York. With the Larkin Development Group’s (LDG) purchase and restoration of the signature 600,000 sq. ft. Larkin at Exchange Building (former Larkin Soap Co. Terminal Warehouse) many of John Larkin’s original ideals, such as innovative work spaces, and employee amenities, have served as an inspiration to LDG in how they run their company and serve their tenants.

Managing Partner Howard Zemsky, along with partners Joe Petrella, Leslie Zemsky and the entire LDG team have lead the continuous renovation and management of more than a million square feet of office space in central downtown Buffalo and the Larkin District.

Larkinville Rising

Since 2002, the LDG has been transforming the Larkin District (now referred to as Larkinville) back to its roots, as a vibrant, mixed use neighborhood, home to offices, residences, restaurants, parks and other public gathering spaces. Their portfolio of real estate includes multiple buildings and property in addition to the Larkin at Exchange Street building along with Buffalo’s most innovative space for place-making, Larkin Square.

Larkin Development Group is also proud to support neighborhood revitalization through grants to local social service providers. Buffalo is undergoing a resurgence with an influx of new businesses, affordable housing, walkable communities, and a broad array of locally owned small businesses and restaurants. It is rich in recreational and entertainment options.

Future opportunities are available for leasing space in new or refurbished properties.

To learn more about the opportunities in Larkinville or the central business district, please contact:

Leslie Zemsky



Joe Petrella