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Elmwood restaurant-residential site under way

Construction is under way on the restaurant and apartment building that’s replacing a gas station at 905 Elmwood Ave.

Removal and remediation of the gas station’s underground tanks has been completed, said Chuck Mauro. “Now they’re doing excavation work for the basement, and we’re hoping to have some steel in the ground by the end of the year.”

Mauro, a partner in Siena, Rocco’s and 800 Maple, is working on the project with veteran restaurateur Henry Gorino and Ellicott Development’s Bill Paladino.

“It’s going to be Italian, it’s going to feature a wood-burning oven, but it won’t be a Rocco’s or a Siena,” Mauro said. It should be poised between casual and fine dining, less expensive than Siena, with a big bar, he said. The restaurant will seat about 130 on the first floor, with another smaller room on the second floor, and a large patio.

The four-story building will also hold 22 apartments, and a retail space on the corner, at West Delevan. “If all goes well, our target date is the end of September 2016,” Mauro said.

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