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Public meeting planned for Reverie proposal for Elmwood

Elmwood Village residents and others will get a chance to discuss Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s proposed Reverie project next week at a public meeting sponsored by Delaware District Councilmember Joel P. Feroleto.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Avenue. The program will include a short presentation from Fisher Associates, the city's Green Code consultant, and a project overview by Ciminelli and HHL Architects, followed by questions.

The controversial project, proposed for Elmwood Avenue near Potomac and Ashland avenues, would consist of a four-story building with 51 apartments, 123 parking spaces and 5,600 square feet of retail space. A courtyard would break up the facade and provide access to the parking ramp in back. A pair of secondary buildings on Potomac and Ashland would add another 12 units, for a total of 63.

The proposed building was originally part of a two-part $40 million project that Ciminelli planned for the corner of Elmwood and Bidwell Parkway. But vocal community opposition prompted the developer to temporarily withdraw the other half – a five-story building named Arbor. Opponents still object to Reverie, though, saying it's inappropriate for the neighborhood because it also would require variances from the city's new Green Code, especially for the height of the building.




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