January 27th, 2015

Buffalo’s waterfront attracts more upscale housing

By Mike Desmond

The coming of spring is likely to bring more new housing to Buffalo’s Waterfront, with a continuing demand to live on waterways.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency has awarded development rights for a site on Lakefront Boulevard to Ciminelli Real Estate.

For nearly 20-million dollars, Ciminelli is proposing 10 three-story townhouses and a four-story structure with 15-to-20-units. The plan also possibly includes an outdoor swimming pool. Executive Vice President Dennis Penman told the agency that work will probably start late this summer.

Ellicott Development C-E-O William Paladino says his firm has a couple of projects ready to go in the same area.

“We’ve got a couple of things going on down there. On Ojibwa Street, we’re looking at continuing our nine town homes and continuing the our original plan that we had submitted probably three or four years ago into the city to complete the town homes at the base of The Pasquale and Admiral’s Walk there. We’re going to start proceeding with that, hopefully in the next couple months. We’ll be in the Planning Board next month and then we’ll start designing and getting our building permits. We’d like to have those done by this fall.”

Paladino says Ellicott Development is still working through the process on The Carlo which would go up not far from the Ciminelli projects. That would be a 14-story, 75-million dollar mix of hotel, offices, apartments and retail.

January 15th, 2015

Armor Inn Tap Room Now Open in Ellicottville

Via The Hamburg Sun News
By Lizz Schumer

ELLICOTTVILLE — Local barbecue restaurant The Armor Inn Tap Room opened its new Ellicottville location on Dec. 19, the second location for the tap room. The new restaurant is located across the street from the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel in Ellicottville.

The new Armor Inn Tap Room is open seven days a week starting at 7 a.m. for breakfast, lunch, dinner and at 10 p.m., a late-night menu is available. According to owner JC Seneca, some of the restaurant’s Hamburg favorites, including the smoked wings and barbecue nachos will be on the new menu, as well as new features like a breakfast menu, homemade pizza logs and BBQ tacos. The restaurant will also feature a happy hour, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursday Wing Night, Fish Fry Fridays, Saturday Prime Rib Dinner Special and Sunday Kids Eat Free.

In addition to its menu, the tap room also has a full-service bar, including a variety of taps, as well as live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights.

“I am very excited to open a new restaurant in such a great and thriving community like Ellicottville,” said Seneca. “I am very thankful to all of the business owners, elected officials and community members for being so welcoming.”
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December 16th, 2014

The next chapter for Ohio Street

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.
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November 14th, 2014

“The Fairmont” Nearing Completion

Via Buffalo Rising
By Tim Scanlon

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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.
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