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Ellicott Development pushes forward with plans for 500 Pearl

Ellicott Development Co. received city approval Monday night to combine four downtown Buffalo properties into one, in order to get a building permit to start work on its 12-story mixed-use tower at the Buffalo Christian Center site.

12-story hotel planned next to Buffalo Christian Center site

The Buffalo developer obtained permission from the Buffalo Planning Board to merge 500, 512 and part of 496 Pearl St. along with 329 Franklin St., creating a single unified address for its $75 million project. Besides the Christian Center building, the sites include a parking lot and the former Batchelor Building property.

The development project calls for construction of a 300,000-square-foot complex on a vacant 100-space parking lot at Pearl and Tupper streets, next to the 70,000-square-foot Buffalo Christian Center building, which will be incorporated into the project. The tower will include six floors of 390 parking spaces, a three-story hotel with 109 to 112 rooms, 28 apartments on two floors and one floor of 28,000 square feet of office space. There's also 12,000 square feet of first-floor retail space planned.

The Christian Center building will house the main lobby, lounge area, a cafe, banquet and meeting spaces, a basement pool and spa and back-of-the-house hotel functions. Road Less Traveled Productions will remain in the Forbes Theatre space.

The proposal was approved by the Planning Board in December 2015 with modifications in February 2017.

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