July 10th, 2014
Via Buffalo Business First
By Tracy Drury
Six weeks after completing the move to its new offices at the Fairmont Creamery building, Liazon is ramping up its staffing rapidly.
The company has moved its 130 local employees into the 15,000-square-foot eighth floor space on Scott Street, but plans to add dozens more this summer as the seventh floor space is built out.
Liazon, a private benefits exchange operator, is the anchor tenant at the eight-story building, a 126,000-square-foot site under development by Ellicott Development Co. Plans for the facility also include apartments, a microbrewery and a restaurant, along with commercial and business space.
By the 2014 fourth quarter — peak health benefits timing — the company expects to have another 40 employees on staff, with even more on board by the end of first quarter 2015.
July 7th, 2014
Via Buffalo Business First
By Dan Miner
Ellicott Development Co.’s Fairmont Creamery building, at 199 Scott St., and McGuire Development Co.’s Compass East building, at 425 Michigan Ave., now headline the downtown spaces available for a signature state tax abatement initiative.
Both buildings were included in the University at Buffalo’s amended Start-Up NY plan, which included new spaces in presumed anticipation of pending projects. UB officials have declined to discuss potential businesses until they’re formally admitted into the program.
The amended plan was recently approved by the state.
Under the program, colleges and universities formulate “campus plans” which designate space available for Start-Up NY. Then they vet qualified businesses, which must be startups, expansions or relocations, before final approval from the state.
Eight UB-sponsored companies have already been admitted into the program, and will take up previously approved space in the downtown Gateway Building, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Z80 Labs Inc., and the Baird Research Park in Amherst. Collectively, those businesses expect to create more than 200 jobs.
UB has already prepared about 15 additional applications to the program, but had been holding off on roughly half of them until the amended plan is approved.
The eight-story, 126,000-square-foot 199 Scott St. building will include apartments, a microbrewery and a restaurant, along with commercial and business space. Liazon plans to lease space in the building and is potentially a Start-Up NY target, given its recent expansion.
June 18th, 2014
This free tour will be held on Saturday, June 21 from 11am to 4pm, with a happy hour to follow. Six downtown locations stops are on the tour, including two Ellicott Development locations, The Fairmont at 199 Scott Street and The Graystone at 24 S. Johnson Park. For more information, visit the Buffalo Living Tour website.
From Buffalo Living Tour…
Buffalo LIVING Tour offers a special incentive to visit all six (6) locations on the Tour. Just get your map and punch card from any retail location or The Buffalo News Homefinder Extra June 13th and June 20th or The Buffalo News Gusto June 19th… or download it HERE. Then go to each Tour open house to get your punch card punched. Starting at 4:00 PM, place your completed punch card in the entry box at our special “Celebration Happy Hour” to compete for special thank you gift from Buffalo LIVING Tour. Thank you gifts include special edition books about Buffalo from Buffalo Heritage Unlimited and dinners-for-two at fine Buffalo area restaurants. SPECIAL Buffalo LIVING Tour “Celebration Happy Hour” featuring BUFFALO FOOD TRUCKS and cash bar (beer and wine) will be following the Saturday, June 21st Tour starting at 4:00 pm and going till about 7:00pm. The Happy Hour will be located in a tent in the parking lot at the Planing Mill, 141 Elm Street. The public is invited to this special Tour party![/blockquote]
See also the Buffalo News article.
June 10th, 2014
The 11th annual Brick by Brick awards were held on June 9th celebrating the top construction projects in Western New York. Ellicott Development’s restoration of The Graystone at 24 Johnson Park, Buffalo was named Best Historic Preservation Project. The Wyndham Garden Hotel and the Residences at the Mosey, Williamsville was runner-up in the category of Best Multi-Residential project.
See the complete list of winners in Buffalo Business First.