The 130-year-old Bachelor Building, whose presence nearly blocked one of the latest major mixed-use redevelopment projects in downtown Buffalo, has been demolished, removing a barrier to Ellicott Development Co.'s plans for a 12-story tower.
The four-story apartment building at 329 Franklin St., which stood as a legacy from the days of single men renting apartments, was torn down last weekend, in preparation for Ellicott's $75 million project to construct a six-story office, hotel and apartment tower on top of a six-story parking ramp at 500 Pearl St. That's the site of the Buffalo Christian Center, which will be incorporated into the new building.
The 10,400-square-foot Bachelor Building, which dated to 1886, was one of the first apartment buildings designed by Green & Wicks, and was the oldest existing apartment building in Buffalo originally built for that purpose. Preservationists sought to protect the building and block the demolition last spring, but the Common Council declined to designate it as a local landmark, despite a recommendation from the city Preservation Board.
Ellicott's plans call for a three-story hotel with up to 112 rooms, 28 apartments on two floors and one floor of 28,000 square feet of office space, plus 390 parking spaces in the ramp. It was the design of the ramp, and particularly the need for the interior drive, that necessitated bringing down the Bachelor.
Tom Fox, director of development for Ellicott, said the company is finalizing its plans now.