June 10th, 2014

Ellicott Development wins Brick by Brick award

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.

June 10th, 2014

Ellicott to air Cantalician Center project plans

Via Buffalo Business First
By Jim Fink

Ellicott Development Co. has fine-tuned its plans for the former Cantalician Center property.

Company representatives will present their proposal for the Eggertsville landmark when it meets on June 19 with the Amherst Planning Board. The Buffalo-based developer wants to invest at least $6 million turning the former Eggert Road educational center into a mixed-use project anchored by 38 apartments. While Ellicott Development has tackled similar adaptive re-use projects in Buffalo, it would mark one of the first to take place in Amherst that is anchored with a residential component.

Besides the apartments, Ellicott Development hopes to bring between 5,000-square-feet and 8,000-square-feet of medical or office space to the building.

Planning board review is one of several public sector approvals Ellicott Development needs for the project. It is also seeking New York state historic tax credits.

“We’d like to start working in there by August,” said William Paladino, Ellicott president and CEO.

The still-to-be named project will have a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units plus a few loft-style apartments.

Ellicott Development bought the 63,000-square-foot build that sits on 4.1 acres of land from the Cantalician Center last year for $700,000. The Cantalician Center moved its operations to Depew.

The deal was put together by Anthony D’Auria and James Carminetti from Waterbourne Real Estate Advisors.

June 3rd, 2014

City zoning board approves Lockhouse plan

Via Buffalo Business First
By Jim Fink

The owners of a fledgling but popular vodka distillery have received a key approval from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, and are one step closer to opening in downtown Buffalo.

Lockhouse Distillery next needs state and federal regulatory approval before the company can move into its new manufacturing home — the former Nicholson & Hall Corp. warehouse on Columbia Street. The 25,426-square-foot building, owned by Ellicott Development Co., is nestled between First Niagara Center and the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.

“We have a signed lease with them,” said William Paladino, Ellicott Development president and CEO. “Everything is good to go.”

Pending the regulatory okay, Lockhouse Distillery could be in its new location by later this year.

Lockhouse debuted last November and has quickly become a high-demand product among bars and restaurants. That has spurred the manufacturer to seek a larger production area than it currently operates on Great Arrow Drive in Buffalo.

“We’ve sold every ounce we’ve made,” said Tom Jablonski, a Lockhouse founder and partner..

Lockhouse is producing as many as 200 bottles of vodka weekly. The 750 ml. bottles retail for $35.

The move could allow Lockhouse to increase its production output by at least 10 percent.

It would also be more customer-friendly as plans call for the development of a Lockhouse retail store and tasting room on the premises.

Lockhouse is the first state-licensed distillery to open in Buffalo since the Prohibition era. It is only one of 30 licensed distilleries in New York state, although Black Squirrel Distillery is hoping to start producing bottles of rye when it starts operations later this year. Black Squirrel hopes to open on Elmwood Avenue not far from SUNY Buffalo State.

Once the company moves, Lockhouse hopes to also start making whiskey, gin and amaro — although those are part of a longer term business growth and expansion plan.

Whiskey will be the first of the new products.

Besides Jablonski, his other partners are: Niko Georgiadias, Chad Voessler and Jon Mirro.

May 19th, 2014

Ellicott Development helps fill void for Ed Tech

Via Buffalo Business First
By David Bertola

After 11 years without an official home base, The Educational Tech Foundation moved into new office space in the Ellicott Square Building, thanks to the generosity of Ellicott Development Co.

Ellicott Development donated 1,000 square feet of office space on the third floor of Ellicott Square Building.

“Having a central space is a major step for our volunteer-driven organization,” says Foundation President Renee Cerullo. “With 1,000 square feet, we have plenty of space to store equipment and build computers.”

Ed Tech is staffed completely by volunteers who are mostly information technology professionals. Building and refurbishing computers is central to the foundation’s mission to make technology accessible to children in under-served communities. Since its founding in 2003, the foundation has helped Western New York children in more than 90 schools and community centers by providing and installing computers, servers, networks, smartboards and infrastructure.