May 16th, 2013
From Buffalo Rising
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Redevelopment plans for a Scott Street building are becoming clearer. Ellicott Development is moving forward with plans to put a mix of uses into the Fairmont Creamery at 199 Scott Street. The eight-story building occupies a prominent site along the I-190 in the Cobblestone District. Ellicott Development has owned the 120,000 sq.ft. property since 2001 and is one of the larger completely vacant buildings downtown.
A fire damaged the structure in June 1996 and its upper-floor windows remained open to the elements. The building’s condition has generated heavy criticism over the years. Ellicott Development has always said the building’s reuse would be market-driven. The developer has looked at a number of reuse scenarios for the property and has decided the timing is right to convert the building into a mixed-use complex.
Plans prepared by AP Architects call for a restaurant, banquet room and offices for the building’s lower floors topped by 20 market rate apartments offering views of downtown, the inner harbor and Cobblestone District.
Work on the building is expected in late June and interior redevelopment will be done in phases. At least half of the building will be ready for occupancy by January 31, 2014 including all of the façade work, new windows and base building improvements. Half of the floors may still be undeveloped at that time. Build-out will be based on demand.
The developer has been busy of late in the core of the city. Ellicott Development is undertaking the complex renovation of the Graystone Hotel. Units in that building are expected to be ready for occupancy this summer. Recently completed and proposed projects include Waterfront Place, The Antonio on Pearl Street, conversion of a former church at 14 North Street, a mixed-use renovation project on Symphony Circle, a planned development in Waterfront Village, and new units at both The Belesario on Main Street and The Bellasara at Delaware and Allen Street.
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May 2nd, 2013
From Business First
By Jim Fink
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A faster-than-expected construction schedule is enabling a $28 million hotel/apartment complex in Williamsville to open ahead of schedule.
William Paladino, Ellicott Development Co. president and CEO, confirmed that the 120-room Wyndham Garden Hotel & Suites will likely open by early August, some 45 days ahead of original projections. Paladino credited several factors including mild weather and an aggressive effort by the project’s general contractor, Concept Construction Corp. of Elma.
“It is moving very fast,” Paladino said.
The six-story, 220,000-square-foot complex is anchored by the first Wyndham Garden hotel in Erie County and 33 market-rate apartments, which have been named the Residences at the Mosey, after Joseph Mosey, a partner in the project. The apartments will be ready for occupancy by early September, Paladino said.
A marketing effort for the apartments is slated to begin next week.
The project is located at the corner of Main Street and S. Forest Road on a parcel that once housed the Stereo Advantage and, before that D&E Motors. It was one of two major hotel projects Ellicott Development has underway in Amherst. The company is also building a Staybridge Inn hotel as part of a Sweet Home Road mixed-use complex with Beveliqua Development Co. The Staybridge is due to open later this year.