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Board supports abandoning two streets beside Fairmont Creamery Building

With the Fairmont Creamery Building nearly fully occupied in downtown Buffalo, Ellicott Development received Planning Board approval Monday night to take possession of two small city streets and a city sewer building in order to get more space for tenant parking.

The Board voted to support the abandonment of East and West Market streets, subject to final approval by the Common Council. The streets and the small building are adjacent to the Creamery facility at 199 Scott St., which Ellicott converted into a mixture of apartments and office space. Renovations are nearly complete, with all but three of the 30 apartments and all commercial space now occupied.

The developer wants to initially use the land for surface parking, but plans eventually to create another parking ramp and probably offices, officials said. Ellicott is collaborating with the Seneca Nation, which owns the nearby Graybar building facing Market Street, as well as the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.