December 16th, 2014
Via The Buffalo News
By Mark Sommer
Ohio Street, once pitted and cracked, now has fresh asphalt – along with a bike trail and new streetlights being hooked up – after an $11 million project to turn it into an Outer Harbor gateway.
Now attention turns to transforming the blighted area surrounding the old industrial street into a vibrant neighborhood.
That is what a couple of established developers look to do, with projects to build luxury apartments, an office building and boat docks along the Buffalo River.
For years, dump trucks, cement mixers and tractor-trailers made up most of the traffic passing through the once-industrial area, so it could be tough to ride a bicycle on the road. But the planned rowing club, park and housing developments figure to draw more people. And a 12-foot-wide bike trail along the road will be attractive to cyclists.
The idea, of course, is that the improvements will resuscitate the area.
Carl Paladino said he expects to begin building three or four apartment buildings, each three or four stories high, next year.
November 14th, 2014
Via Buffalo Rising
By Tim Scanlon
Finishing touches are being put on The Fairmont, Ellicott Development Company’s latest historical rehab project. The eight-story building has gone through a drastic transformation from vacant industrial space into a mix of office, apartments, retail space and a restaurant. The space is filled with industrial details that give a nod to the history of the building.
Interior common spaces feature several impressive contextual murals painted by Bogue Art Studios. Many more art works will soon be added both inside and outside the building.
Thirty apartments on floors three through five feature a spacious raw modern feel. The studio through three bedroom units range from 550 to 1,750 square feet. They contain such details as refinished concrete floors, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, high structural ceilings and other industrial touches.
November 7th, 2014
Via Buffalo Business First
By Jim Fink
With a key Buffalo approval in hand, Ellicott Development Co. is looking at a spring start for its latest mixed-use project in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Planning Board, Wednesday morning, gave unanimous approval to Ellicott Development for its proposed L-shaped, four-story building at the corner of Elmwood and W. Delavan avenues. Construction on the $10 million, privately-funded project will likely start in 2015′s first quarter once the former gas station site is remediated.
“This is a huge improvement for that corner,” said Buffalo attorney Horace Gioia, a planning board director
The building will include a 5,000-square-foot, street-level restaurant run by prominent local restaurateurs Henry Gorino and Chuck Mauro and 21 market-rate apartments. Some additional street-level retail, roughly 1,500-square-feet, is also planned.
“That corner is such an eyesore,” said Nicholas Sam, an Elmwood Village resident. “This is really going to change that corner.”
William Paladino, Ellicott Development president and CEO, said he hopes the building is tenant-ready by early 2016.
October 28th, 2014
via Buffalo Business First
By Jim Fink
Ellicott Development Co. has plans to move forward on a pair of restaurant-anchored projects in Buffalo, including one to bring a Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop to the lower West Side.
Both proposals will be vetted on Nov. 5 by the Buffalo Planning Board and, pending various city approvals, could be under construction by later this winter.
Planning board members will consider a proposal from Ellicott Development to construct a restaurant/retail combination on a nearly three-acre parcel along Niagara Street between Albany Street and Fargo Avenue. Ellicott Development has controlled the site for a number of years.
The property was home to the International Brewing Co. and American Gelatine Corp. in the early 1900s and was also home to a Gulf gas station on its northern end for four decades, ending in the late 1960s. The southern end of the parcel was home to Niagara Lithograph Co. and later Miken Cos. until 2000.
Tentative plans call for the development of a Tim Hortons outlet and an adjoining retail or restaurant.